As I complete my second year directing Upcounty Community Resources, Inc., I have to admit, I never knew my life could be so full! I tell folks who ask me about my job, that I’m blessed to be able to do God’s work; some laugh, some agree and some roll their eyes.
What other job could one have where they get to witness miracles everyday?
Whether it’s tolerating loud music, playing a new percussion instrument, walking one more lap around the lake, getting sticky glue on fingers or just being in a big group of people, these are all huge accomplishments that I don't take lightly.
As a parent of a child with great challenges, I know how hard some days can be, but I also know, the greater the struggle, the sweeter the victory. Being able to watch members conquer their fears, grow towards independence, and socialize among friends, is a gift.
When I watch our participants let loose at our social events, dances or ZamDance-a-thons, my heart could nearly burst; there’s no judgment, no hate and no stress, another gift.
For me, knowing and meeting all the UCR families, means respecting and loving each and every one of our members. While I don’t know everyone yet by name, those that I have been privileged to interact with, have made me a better person. (I'll get those names down soon, forgive me!)
I understand NOT every day is a cake-walk, we all struggle with behaviors, rigidities and strong opinions, but if we stay "miracle-minded" and seek out the positives in every situation life has to offer, we can find reasons to celebrate daily!
Please know UCR is working hard for everyone in our community by advocating at the state and local levels, planning awesome events through 2017, building a one-of-a-kind respite/enrichment program, recruiting new therapeutic teachers and securing funding to make all these things happen!
Knowing your families is a privilege, and for that I thank you. Here's to a great 2017!
In Sincere Thanksgiving,