A couple of summers ago, I was fortunate enough to visit Costa Rica. While driving from one city to another, I crossed over a mountain range and found myself driving in a cloud forest. The clouds were so thick that I could see only a few feet in front of me. An uneasy feeling set in while I slowly drove the unfamiliar, winding, narrow roads, thousands of feet above sea level. I had to go at my own pace while relying on the road lines to guide me. I also made sure not to look over the ominous cliffs.

These past 8 months remind me of driving in that cloud forest. It’s like, you know where you stand in this exact moment, but you can’t quite grasp all that’s going on around you or what’s ahead of you. You feel like staying still is the safest option, but often it’s not an option at all. Thankfully, I’ve had a supportive community around me to help me traverse these times. I’ve needed to go at my own pace, but I haven’t felt completely alone or felt that there is an impending disaster around the next corner. All too often, the people who seek our services don’t have the luxury of a supportive community. 

Our services often save lives. And, other times we are like those road lines in the midst of dense clouds. We can’t erase the uneasiness of present circumstances or turn back time. We can, however, offer a helping hand and time for people to go at their own pace until they have found sure footing.

We can be there for clients because you are there for us. Your support has led us through these last eight months. Because of you, our staff hasn’t worried about being laid off while guiding others through difficult times. Because of you, we were able to provide additional relief to those who needed it most. 

Trusting one another is key to moving forward in unsettling times. This year, together, we have modeled this well, and I thank you!

If you are looking for a fun way to give back, please consider putting together a friendly supply-drive competition with family, friends, or co-workers. The 1,000 women, men, youth, and children we serve every year would greatly appreciate it! You can find a list of needs here.

Erin Minor
CEO, Harvest House

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