One morning this month, going through the mail, I opened an envelope and was filled with gratitude – inside was a cheque for $30,000.
This was from a donor who wished to remain anonymous but who was obviously touched by the mission and work of L’Arche Saint John.
We struck a chord with this person in our mission to make known the gifts of adults with intellectual disabilities. Receiving this generous gift filled me with warmth and a feeling of joy.
The joy continued as we held our Songs from the Back Deck concert in memory of our dear friend Kristina Cooper, and then as our core members at McKim and their assistants went off together to enjoy a sunny summer holiday after a very long period of isolation through the pandemic.
At L’Arche Saint John, we live with the reality that we can only continue our mission with the support of donors.
Without that support, we will be threatened with the possibility of closing.
At the same time, we know that simply sustaining what we have is not enough.
There is a dire need for more independent and assisted living options for adults with intellectual disabilities in the Saint John region.
Today, many face uncertain futures as family members who have always cared for them grow older.
There is a dire need for more day programs like our Creative Connections art space on Prince William Street to enrich their lives and to provide respite to caregivers.
The generosity of this anonymous donor and the contributions, large and small, from our other supporters helps us build a better future. Every dollar counts.
For today, we live in joy – and joy multiplies. With deep appreciation, I thank you for your continued support.
Community Leader/Executive Director