A New Year’s Message
A New Year’s Message

A New Year’s Message

Dear Friends, Donors, and Partners,

Each year, instead of making a new year resolution, I think about a new year focus. Last year, I shared a message with you about Gratitude. This year, I have landed on Adventure. Why adventure? Well, adventure embodies the spirit of exploration, challenge, and the courage to step into the unknown. Adventure is a journey with an element of risk and excitement, often leading to growth, discovery, and memorable experiences. It is about venturing beyond the familiar, embracing challenges, and finding joy in the pursuit of the extraordinary.

Here at DePaul, our commitment to exploration lies in continuously seeking innovative ways to address the evolving needs of the children, families, and individuals we serve. This year, we will launch a new program, agency-directed services. The goal of adding this service is to have a positive impact where the current demand for in-home support exceeds the available service providers.

As we explore new avenues for opening doors of hope and belonging, we aim to stay at the forefront of impactful change. We see challenges as opportunities for growth, adaptation, and the development of more inclusive solutions. In the fall of 2024, we will host our first community event since the pandemic. The theme will be storytelling because the stories of the children and individuals we support inspire our actions. Their resilience in the face of adversity fuels our determination to create a world where every person can thrive, regardless of circumstance.

Many aspects of our work involve navigating unchartered territory. Whether it is advocating for policy change, introducing innovative programs, or fostering greater community understanding, we embrace the unknown with a spirit of curiosity and a commitment to positive impact.

Thank you for your continued support, and here’s to an adventurous and transformative 2024!

With hope and gratitude, Renee

*Children: those served in foster care and adoption
*Families: those served in post-adoption and counseling services
*Individuals: those served in independent living, day support, and sponsored residential