Letter from the President & CEO, FY2015-16
What a year it’s been! Together we have faced floods, economic uncertainty and growing need in our community. But through it all you have allowed NAM to “Be the Change” and bring hope and help to Neighbors in Need.
Many of the neighbors we served this year would never have expected to need help. Devastating storms this spring changed that in a matter of hours. As flood waters rose and then poured into homes, there was nothing any of us could do to stop them. But with the help of our partner congregations, local businesses, donors and volunteers, NAM quickly established relief centers to meet basic needs at a time when so many lives were turned upside down.
Sometimes the storms that come are whirlwinds of life, not nature. At every age and stage, NAM’s vision is to provide innovative, comprehensive services that help people regain self-sufficiency—and to serve them with excellence on that journey. That’s why the completion of the capital campaign this year, despite tough economic times, was so critical. The new Retail and Training Center will allow NAM to expand much needed short-term training programs to move people from poverty to self-sufficiency.
It’s also why our Family Violence Center added services for victims of sexual assault, why we reinvented the model for our Interfaith Homeless Network, and why we are in the midst of a huge expansion of Meals on Wheels.
Our efforts have been recognized through numerous awards, including a 2015 Award for Excellence from the Better Business Bureau; a 2015 “Keeping Our Communities Healthy” Champion Award from Hunger Free Texans.
The most important recognition we receive, however, is from those who comprise the circle of Neighbors Helping Neighbors at NAM. The volunteer, who returns week after week, recognizing that their efforts make a difference. The donor, who invests resources to help us tackle the next challenge, and the neighbor in need who receives our help as a gift to change their life.
Thank you for being part of that circle. Together, as we strive to be the change in our community, our lives are changing for the better as well.