It's Thanksgiving and the biggest holiday week in the U.S. This year feels a bit different. This year has been unlike any other. Sorry to overstate the obvious, but it feels like I need to be a little overstating.
The challenges of this year have had a powerful impact on HBI. From our team and the way we work to the shift in programs and projects - things have changed. The changes have brought a profound sense of "new order" and renewed focus. The changes have, in many ways, been extremely beneficial to our work.
Look - I don't want to use these words of accomplishment to diminish the devastating impact the pandemic has had on so many people and communities . . . that would not be fair. Instead, I am thankful for the way our organization has been driven by the pandemic to focus and refine our efforts to best respond to the communities we serve. I am thankful for the way our team has boldly stepped into their new roles. I am thankful for the support we've received from all of you.
This has been - and continues to be - an extraordinary year. There have been so many challenges. There have also been so many blessings. This year as we begin our weeklong celebration of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the support you provide our organization so that we can be servants to others in this time of great need.
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