“Tis the Season”

By Executive Director Gail T. Brown, CRC, LRC, LCSW

Like Santa’s elves, employees from our facilities department have been hard at work bringing the spirit of the season to New England Village. They have done a stellar job of decorating—putting up all of the lights, ornaments and other decorations—to create a winter wonderland.

Staff throughout NEV kicked off the holiday season with a potluck “friendsgiving” luncheon. Held in the Ray Assembly Hall, many employees, and some participants, stopped by to have turkey with all the fixings as well as lots of desserts and to mingle with one another.  NEV truly is one big family.

As we prepare for the holidays, it can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of all the things that need to get done and to forget the true meaning of this season.  Now is the time to take notice of and express our appreciation to the people in our lives—family as well as friends and even coworkers—and to let them know how much they mean to us.

This really is the season of gratitude—a time to consider all of the blessings in our lives. As donations from our Annual Appeal have been flowing in, it’s hard not to feel grateful to all of you who so generously donate to NEV each year. Your support means the world to the men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities that we so proudly serve.  All of us at NEV truly appreciate that generosity.

With 2017 coming to a close and 2018 about to be ushered in, I want to wish all of you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy and healthy new year.  All the blessings of the season!

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