By Mary Stanley, PR and
Marketing Coordinator, Mary Stanley
As we welcome in the new year, we cannot help but to look back on 2017 and to acknowledge some of the more profound moments that occurred this past year. For instance, we were selected to be a beneficiary of FundFare at Whalburger’s, a fundraising event hosted by the restaurant chain. And what an event it was! New England Village raised the most money that evening of any nonprofit organization that has participated in the restaurant’s fundraiser. We were also selected to be a beneficiary in Rogers and Gray’s Comedy for the Community event. It was a night filled with laughs as comedians performed their routines on stage. At the end of the evening, New England Village received a check for $11,638!
We are grateful to these local organizations as well as others who have given so much to NEV and as we glance through some of the photographs of this year’s flurry of activities, we notice how much our participants have given back to the community. From the Toys for Tots drive to ringing the bell for the Salvation Army to other community service projects throughout the year, NEV participants know what it means to give of their talents.
Over the past year, we said good bye to some long-time residents and very good friends. We think about them often and will continue to hold them in our hearts. We also welcomed some new people to the Village and they are quickly becoming familiar faces around here as well as dear friends.
In the past 12 months, our Sollar Wellness Center is truly becoming a community center—for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as those without. Our art classes are extremely popular as people in the community look forward to the next Paint Night class or other craft project and our fitness offerings have developed a loyal following of participants. We fully expect the SWC to continue to be a hub of activity for the local community.
As we look back on the past year—and all that we have given and all that we have received—we cannot help but to feel optimistic about the year ahead.