January brings us some important days to commemorate, including the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 17th, 2022. But among this month’s little known observances is a thing called National Thank You Month. Saying thanks is something I remind myself to do, but it often gets lost in the business of each new day. I want to start 2022 off right by expressing my personal gratitude to the many people in my life who deserve to hear it.
First, I say thank you to L.A. CADA patients and program participants who give my life — and everyone who works here — real meaning. Serving you is an honor. As an agency, we are incredibly proud of you and the journey toward recovery you have been brave enough to begin.
To the agency’s Board of Directors, I thank you for your leadership and support. L.A. CADA’s success has been built on your shoulders and the important work of every past board member in the last 50 years, especially our founders, Dr. Ethan Allen and his late wife Alice. Your good work lives on in the 21st century.
The staff and volunteers at L.A. CADA are the people who make recovery happen. To say I’m proud of each one of you, and forever grateful, is just not enough. Working long hours in a small office or cubicle, L.A. CADA staff (in all positions) are real life heros. You’re on the front lines of the fight against substance use, mental health disorders, homelessness, interpersonal violence, and HIV. Please know how appreciative I am for your continuing dedication.
Our community partners and their staff are working with L.A. CADA on the front lines, I thank you all for your valued partnership with L.A. CADA. You answer our referral calls, give of yourselves for our clients, provide needed Letters of Support, and deliver high quality, culturally responsive services. We depend on you more than you know, and your faithfulness is beyond appreciated.
And without our funders, nothing would be possible. From the largest government grant to the smallest contribution, your funding fuels the work that L.A. CADA does. It translates into saved lives, united families, and a safer community. Our agency is grateful for your assistance.
Of course, there are many, many more for whom I am grateful. Including my own family and friends who support me and tolerate my crazy work schedule. Thank you — you are my strength and my heart..
To all L.A. CADA supporters, Happy New Year! I wish you health, peace, joy, and prosperity in 2002 and the same meaning you give to my life.
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