A Celebration of 35 Years

By: Barb Griffith, President and CEO

Our fiscal year 2013 Annual Report was published this month. The ‘theme’ was a celebration of Community Living’s 35th Anniversary! In addition to reporting some of the highlights of FY 2013, there was just a bit of nostalgia in looking back at some of the historic milestones in our journey as an agency, as well as some fun ‘old’ photos. Not only has Community Living come a long way since 1978, the field of services for individuals with disabilities has greatly improved, as have attitudes and support for people of ALL abilities.

I think the part of the annual report that had the greatest impact on me is the section naming all of our donors and volunteers. There are pages and pages of names – individuals and companies who have chosen to ‘invest’ in Community Living’s mission. It is reassuring to know that there are so many of us in this together. It is also rewarding to see these pages and lists of names expand every year. More and more people are realizing the value of supporting individuals with disabilities to become the best they can be. What is sometimes surprising and always humbling are the friendships, talents, gifts, insights, and contributions that individuals with disabilities give back to them!

There is so much to celebrate, including YOU, as part of our Community Living family!