What a great event - many thanks!
Our New Home
In South Africa, there exists this idea, this way of thinking, called Ubuntu. It means that in a collective society, we realize that we are all connected. We need each other.
Today you might need my help, and then tomorrow, I might be asking you for help. And that’s ok. It’s ok to ask for help because we are all here for each other, and because of each other.
But asking for help, can be hard. And over the past months, Families First has asked a lot of you, our village.
You hung in there with us when there was no room to move, you supported us in our search and ultimate success in finding a new home, and you’re with us today. A building is just a building without friends and family in – because of you, our new Families First building has become our Families First home.
And then there was our $500,000 fundraising goal! Our first official fundraiser was July 1st, Canada Day, and since then – in just 9 months, we exceeded our goal by raising more than $551, 000! That’s not including the hundreds of volunteer hours contributed or materials donated in kind.
Look around you! This place is full of strength and wisdom, resiliency and love. It’s full of people who believe in their community. People who believe in giving back. People who believe, in us.
And in the spirit of Ubuntu, we are, and will continue to be here for you, as we have been for the past 18 years.
Thank you for believing that Families First was the right organization to get behind at the right time.
Thank you for believing in yourselves and in each other.
And Thank you for helping us grow.
This is our village! UBUNTU!
- Heather Boonstra, Executive Director