Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
For over 9 years, one of my responsibilities has been writing letters; thank you letters, warning letters, letters of agreement, recommendations, congratulation letters, exit letters and condolence letters, so I have been perplexed as to why writing this letter has been so challenging.
I realize now that when you do what you are passionate about with people that you care deeply about it is only natural that it would be difficult to say good-bye.
It has been honor of working with an extraordinary group of men and women, staff, volunteers, congregations, and community members that have true compassion and heart for helping others. I thank each of you for being part of my dream of giving hope to men experiencing homelessness over the years.
Perhaps the greatest thank you goes to the men themselves as they have shared theirs stories and their lives with me. I have learned the true meaning of courage, determination, patience, acceptance and grace from the men I have met; their stories will hold a special place in my heart forever.
I will be leaving CFH at the end of 2015, to move closer to our children in Central Oregon. For those of you who know me, you won’t be surprised that the only thing that would draw me away from CFH and all of you is my own family. As our children are getting older, they are settling down in the Oregon area and my husband and I have always known that we want to be near them as they begin their own families. Although it will be impossible to replace my CFH family, I will continue to work with men experiencing homelessness in Central Oregon.
You will all be left in very capable hands. CFH has a strong staff and they will continue to live out the values of respect, dignity and empowerment. The growth of the organization has been monumental over the past 9 years; what an honor to be a part of this journey. I will deeply miss not being part of the incredible future plans; but, I know that CFH will continue to be a pillar in the community offering hope and independence for so many people. I can’t imagine finding a finer organization to work with.
Thank you for the privilege of working with each of you. What a gift it has been to live out my purpose in the most passionate way, each day has truly been well spent.
With the warmest of regards,