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Happy Holidays!  There will be an additional $250 bonus (minus taxes etc.), for nearly all full- and part-time Adelphoi employees hired prior to July 1, 2016.  There are a few exceptions – if you received a reprimand, if you got a bonus at another time…  But to all of you, full, part-time, casual, new, old…please know that you are valued.  Thank you from a very grateful Board and Executive Team: we ask a lot of you and so do the kids and families we serve.

In my family we celebrate Christmas and so today is the last workday before Christmas.  This weekend husband Allen and me, daughter Ali, and dog Quincy, will go visit my mother, brothers, their families and friends.  We will eat too much, laugh at old stories, sing in church, relax and just generally celebrate.

But on January first I turn more serious.  New Year’s has always been a time for reflection for me.  This year, like most others, I’ll write down what I’m thankful for, where I fell down, and what I can do better.  I make promises to myself; frequently break them, but I try and keep trying.  I like to think of myself as a life-long-learner and reflection and goal-setting are part of the deal.  And then I will polish all my shoes (no, I don’t know why).

I already know two things on my list for 2017.  Both involve being part of conversations that pull people together.  The first is repairing the negative fall-out of the election. In no way would we view the election season as “sanctuary” like.  We learned just how divided we are; but we need to stop shouting at each other and find opportunities to build understanding and respect. I’m as guilty as anyone and that’s got to change. The second thing I want is to become more knowledgeable and supportive of the LGBTQ community.  It’s important for Adelphoi and for me personally.  I recently attended a webinar: “Are We Speaking the Same Language? Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Youth in Care.”  Suffice it to say I have a lot to learn.

Let me end with a quote from Fred Rogers.  “It is only natural that we and our children find many things hard to talk about.  But anything human is mentionable and anything mentionable can be manageable. The mentioning can be difficult, and the managing too, but both can be done if we’re surrounded by love and trust.”

Nancy Kukovich, CEO

 

 

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