We rush about doing the details of daily life. We get out of bed in the morning, grab some breakfast, set off for our day. We come home. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.
Sometimes (maybe often) we don’t stop to reflect. Take a deep breath. Really think about what and who we have in our lives. Take a moment to be grateful.
November is a month for reflection. Both Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving are holidays that ask us to pause, consider the good we have been given, and be grateful.
This year on the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I, we think about loved ones who served in the military. ew reflected on the high cost of freedom. And we are grateful.
With Thanksgiving Day a few days away, we have yet another chance to reflect. We are thankful for family members who love us and believe in us. We are thankful for a roof over our heads. We are thankful for food on the table. My mother had a poem hung over the kitchen sink that began like this, “Thank God for dirty dishes, they have a tale to tell. While other folks go hungry, we are eating very well.” It does lend some perspective.
As we consider what we are grateful for, the good things in our lives, let us not forget those right here in our towns that are going without. Ironically, on Veterans’ Day, November 12, we had two veterans drop by the The River Center. Both were homeless and reaching out for help. The man was a Vietnam vet. He had been sleeping in his car for several nights. The woman was sleeping on a couch at a friend’s.
Connecting individuals with the services and resources they need is part of what we do at The River Center. In this case, Sheila on our staff, was able to get both these individuals started on the path toward stable housing. She arranged for the man to have a bed at Hundred Nights Shelter in Keene for that night. The woman will stay at her friend’s for a while longer while a more permanent situation is found for her. They were connected with organizations that specialize in resources for veterans, helping them navigate the process so they will have a place to call home. And the help doesn’t stop there. Once they have a roof over their heads they will be connected with food assistance, job search assistance, medical and dental healthcare and other assistance as needed.
This Thanksgiving I am grateful for many things. Personally, I am grateful for my family and friends. I am grateful to call this corner of New Hampshire my home. I am grateful for the warmth from the wood stove. I am grateful there is food in my cupboards. I am grateful for a car that starts in the morning.
I am grateful for The River Center, for our incredible talented and dedicated staff, for our Board that is engaged and committed to our mission, for our volunteers that help us expand the services and supports we provide, and for all the individuals and families that we touch each year. I am grateful for this community. And I am grateful for you.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone from all of us at The River Center Family and Community Resource Center!