A Letter From Our CEO: 2017, Let's Do This For The Kids!

Dear Team Kid,

It is hard to believe that it has been four years since I started this adventure. You all have made it far greater, more meaningful, and tremendously more impactful for our kids and families than I ever dreamed possible. Thank you.

As we enter into the new year filled with determination, aspirations, goals, desires, and hopes, may we remain focused and fixed on our kids in the advancement of each of these. May we not allow fear to thwart or tame our efforts on their behalf, or limit our dreams for their tomorrows by what we know today.

We never would have imagined in 2013 that Project Hope Alliance would go from serving one school with 65 students to serving over 350 homeless children attending 90 different schools. Or, that more than 750 children and parents would have a place to call home because of you. 

We certainly did not envision receiving notes of thanks with attached college transcripts from formerly homeless students who were failing classes in elementary school because they were so worried about where they would sleep that they could not concentrate on what they were learning. And, even if these things were dreamed, it was not thought that they would happen so quickly. Extraordinary members of our community, you have made that possible.  

May 2017 find us taking risks and pushing ourselves to the limits for our kids. They deserve it. And, quite possibly, if we do not take risks on their behalf or give all that we have to provide them with a pathway to a future that does not include homelessness, no one will. The opportunity and privilege is ours to dare greatly for them.  

As Theodore Roosevelt so powerfully said:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

So, let us not be afraid of stumbling or failing, but rather be encouraged and raised up by one another as we strive to do the deed—end the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time. Truly, this is a worthy cause. And, I am incredibly humbled and grateful to be in the arena with each of you.

Happy New Year, Friends.

For the kids,

Jennifer Friend