To say things have been hectic since I joined Attain at the end of May 2021 would be an understatement. We’ve been navigating waves of COVID variants and the cumulative stressful impacts the pandemic has had on our clients and staff. We’ve said goodbye to a few staff and board members and we’ve also welcomed aboard new staff and new board members. We even had a fire at one of our housing units. Thankfully, no one was hurt and we were able to place our tenant in another unit on site, but wow, it’s been quite the first eight months on the job to say the least!
Through it all, I’ve been continually blown away by the support of this community and the generosity of our donors. When we had the fire, folks stepped in right away to donate cash funds and household items (beds, tables, chairs, etc.) so the family could get settled into their new unit right away. Donors, like you, create opportunities for our client families to thrive.
Looking ahead, I want to make sure all our supporters know about our Sip & Mix Spring Fundraiser on April 28 at The Blend in downtown Kirkland. I cannot wait to meet more folks in person at long last! It will be a lovely evening of socializing with wine tasting, delicious appetizers, exciting raffle prizes from local businesses, celebrating the successes of our programs, and lots more. See you there!
In closing, I am feeling hopeful that soon we will enter a new phase of the pandemic. One where we can re-establish community and connection. One where we can help each other recover. But, for families struggling with housing instability, a new normal might not make a real difference for them. That’s why our transitional housing program and Stable Home eviction prevention program remain ready to serve as a safety net for families who are struggling during these uncertain and in-between times. Our case managers are here to guide families as they establish stability for themselves and for future generations.
I want to thank you all for your support and I hope to talk with you soon