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Notes of thanks for Thanksgiving

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:

  • surviving these past 21 months
  • my family and friends
  • science, vaccinations, healthcare workers
  • the health and safety of my co-workers and team members
  • the dedication of the hundreds of incredible people working to end homelessness in our state, particularly those who work for Crossroads
  • the very supportive individuals who serve on the Board of Crossroads who offer their sage counsel and guidance
  • the thousands of generous donors and supporters who make our work possible
  • landlords who are willing to give our clients a chance
  • having a home

I 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!

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