Dear Ascentria Community,
This is the season of hope, and it’s a time to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for – our faith, our family and friends, our health, the ability we have to help others in need, and the freedoms we are blessed with in this wonderful country.
In these challenging times, we can easily find reasons to despair. But because of hope and faith, we have the wisdom to look for light in the darkness. And hope thrives with friendship and encourages compassion for others.
We at Ascentria have much to be hopeful for … and when we reflect on this past year, we want you to know how thankful we are for your friendship. Your generous and unwavering support and compassionate commitment to the individuals and families we serve is truly inspiring.
Together we are empowering individuals and families with resources and community connections that enable them to be more independent and fulfilled. And we continue to make progress toward our goal of providing the holistic care people need to achieve success in their lives.
Because of you, our Worcester Client Center continues to thrive! Our clients, staff and community partners appreciate having all of our nonresidential programs in Worcester at one location. In addition, the training facilities at the Center have allowed the individuals and families we serve to receive the English language, workforce development, and financial literacy training they need to advance their careers and move forward in their lives.
This past spring, 24 churches in New England partnered in ministry with Ascentria as part of the third annual 50 Days of Easter Campaign. Over 2,300 congregants joined the Campaign this year and they put their faith in action by walking alongside hundreds of people being served through Ascentria in programs such as Services for New Americans, Forsberg Independent Living, Luther Ridge, Ruth House, Florence House, and Unaccompanied Refugee Minors.
In 2017, we hosted the inaugural Fashioning the Future event to build awareness and raise funds to assist Ruth House mothers as they transition to independent living. Thanks to the generosity of our committee members, sponsors, donors, and over 325 guests, the promising young women of Ruth House will now be better equipped to build upon their success while at the program.
All of these programs and initiatives have been made possible because of your investment in our work – thank you. We are most grateful for all you have done and will continue to do. Together, we are helping people across New England to reach beyond their current circumstances and realize new possibilities.
We wish you and yours a joyous Christmas and a very happy and hopeful New Year.
President and CEO