Dear Friends,

 

I keep two winter coats in my office year round now:  a man’s coat and a woman’s coat.  The “why” takes me back to last winter when Jonathan came into the office to ask for some help. I’ve known Jonathan for five years.   I’ve seen him in the worst of times under the influence of drugs and alcohol with no place to lay his head for the night and little hope for the present. I’ve known him in times when he was working a plan for safety and security.  At this visit he spent a very short time in jail and just needed a bus ticket home. Along the way he had lost his coat and gloves, wallet and phone. He didn’t know where, but he was here now, and though I had $25 to give, he only wanted $4. I didn’t have a coat to share and right there and then I promised myself that wasn’t going to happen again.

 

Doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason is a foundational platform for bridging gaps and building futures.

 

My relationship with Jonathan is built on mutual trust.  Trust that we both want the best in life for each other.  “Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end.”  Immanuel Kant.

 

The highest number of households served by CVOEO is the category of households with incomes of 50% of the Federal Poverty level, or $12,874 a year for a family of four. That, with the number of households who had no reported income (669 households), emphasize the continued need for crisis services of housing, food and fuel.  Jonathan is not a number to me. I know his sincerity and I know his struggle.

 

Last year, CVOEO served 23,158 people. Over 4,453 of that number were children under the age of 13. 2,011 of that number were people 65 years of age or older. 1,341 of that number were homeless. 3,418 of that number were races other than Caucasian. 2,486 of that number had post-secondary education. We are all in that number.

 

We are most fortunate at CVOEO to do this work and we are rich beyond measure to do this work with you.

 

It is our everyday work to bridge gaps and build futures, and it is gratifying to see our board give so generously of their time and themselves to make certain that we succeed.  It is an inspiration to see your faithful gift of volunteer hours 21,726 hours and the way you contribute that extra mile in giving. And it is energizing to know those who come through our doors and whose homes we enter:  to see people find safety and envision a better world.  

 

The photos and quotes in this report are a witness to the difference made by your work.

 

I am grateful.  

 

Jan Demers, Executive Director, jdemers@cvoeo.org; 862-2771 ext. 740

 

CVOEO addresses fundamental issues of economic, social, and racial justice and works with people to achieve economic independence.


 

Serving more than 10,000 households annually,
impacting the lives of over 23,000 individuals