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Stories & Insights
A Thanksgiving message from President & CEO of Crossroads, Karen Santilli.
November 23, 2021
In the back hallway of our main building at 160 Broad St, we have a picture of a large tree hanging on the wall. Next to the tree, there is a table with tape, a pen and colorful leave cut-outs. The setup is available for any shelter guest, student, employee, or resident of the building who wants to write on the leaf what they’re thankful for and then hang it on the tree.
As I pass by this tree several times a day, I watch the number of leaves grow and enjoy reading what is written on each one. I haven’t put my leaf on the tree yet because I’m having a hard time fitting everything on one leaf – there are simply so many things for which I am thankful. I thought I’d share some with you.
I am thankful for:
don’t believe there is anyone who has not been impacted by the
pandemic. I do know that there are far too many people who will be
without their own home this thanksgiving. As I gather with my family and
friends over the coming days, I will be thinking about those who can’t.
There is no greater motivation than knowing that ending homelessness is
possible and working with people to help them secure a place to call
home. I know they will be so very thankful to celebrate the coming
holidays in their own homes. We can do this with your continued support,
generosity, and commitment.
I wish you and yours a very safe, healthy, and happy holiday season. Thank you!