A MESSAGE FROM SHEILA

WEST POINT, Miss. - June 30th marks the halfway point for 2020! The thought of how quickly the year is passing by along with the abundance of issues 2020 has brought to many of us personally, to our community, and to our nation is truly terrifying. Lots of emotions have flooded our thoughts, actions and attitudes and as together we have dealt with the risk of the pandemic, the unstable economy, growing unemployment and the rampant discontentment with Americans.

All of these issues have made life a little more difficult and unstable; true interruptions to our way of life. I read an article recently that addressed just that – interruptions. The author wrote:  “Is there room in your schedule for interruptions?” Continuing to explain that interruptions are really just opportunities. Have we viewed the interruptions of 2020 as opportunities to reconnect with our families, slow the pace of daily life, recognize the needs of others, self-reflect, and offer empathy/compassion to all people? As we move forward to finish out 2020, let’s look at the opportunities available to us through the interruptions of this historical year!

Sally Kate Winters Family Services has modified services and limited volunteers/visitors as an effort to minimize the risk of COVID-19 for our clients and staff. However, the needs of abused and homeless children remain present and we have diligently worked to ensure that we continue to offer stable, supportive services during this time. On-site volunteers continue to be limited for safety precautions. Amazingly, our staff and supporters have come together to fill-in these gaps. Volunteers have dropped off supplies and baked goods in order to continue sharing their hearts with our children and remain involved with our program. Children, families, and staff have adjusted to the pandemic protocols that have been implemented with understanding and positivity.

The board of directors have actively assisted with addressing the impact of the pandemic on our programs, services, and staff. Financial contributions have continued to be shared by local individuals and organizations, allowing us to meet budgeted expenses and assume the additional costs associated with providing services during the pandemic. Outreach has also looked different. Thankfully, we were able to shift grant funds to conduct outreach for Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse via radio, television, billboards, and social media to replace the limited face-to-face presentations typically used to educate our communities. Together, we continue to recognize and respond to the essential services needed by children and families in our community. 

June marks the end of our thirty-year tenure as a non-profit, social service agency. Thousands of youth have benefited from our services and the support of our community through the years. Our mission of ‘empowering children and families to seek an improved quality of life’ continues to guide the programs and services offered for each one. The interruptions of 2020 have caused those of us who are busy saving the world to pause and look for new opportunities to reach others in need. My hope is that individually, we use the remainder of this year to reorder our own priorities and seek opportunities to reach out to others. Thank you for your support!

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