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What an honor and a privilege to do the work we do. For the past 125 years, young people have come to this place of refuge and healing – this place that honors their whole being – this place that knows to Whom we belong. For approximately 45,690 continuous days now we have been caring for young people in need. It is an amazing team effort that takes each and every one of us. I am so very grateful for all the dedicated, hard-working and caring people who have been, are, and will be a part of this agency and mission – a part of the healing stories that happen here. For all of this, I give thanks.

I asked my teammates to share some of their gratitude's as we move toward the day of THANKS-giving. And now, I share them with you:

“The people that I work with at Community Programs are great- we have a lot of dedicated people who serve the families with respect and kindness. I am thankful for all of the support I receive here from my co-workers on a daily basis. I am also thankful for the chance I have every day to make someone’s day a little brighter with a smile or a ‘how are you doing today?’ I’m thankful to be able to show some kindness no matter who it is.”

G  Grateful For Each Morning’s Breath
R  Rainy Days and Snowy Nights
A  And Blessings Both Big and Small
T  Thank You Lord for your great care
I   In Righteous path you lead me on
T  Till the dawning of that golden morn
U  Understanding Just Who I Am
D  Delivering me from All Harm
E  Embracing Me with every gift of LIFE.

“Thank you Lord for the job I have. Thank you Lord for keeping me safe while I drive on the road and in whatever I do. Thank you Lord for the people in my life. Thank you Lord for my Salvation. Thank you Lord.”
On this THANKS-giving week, these are just a few thoughts on gratitude from the staff of AK Child & Family. We give thanks to be in service with and to one another. We give thanks that God equips us to be of service. We give thanks that we are in this together. 2 Corinthians 9:11-12 tells us to ‘show your gratitude through your generous offerings to your needy brothers and sisters, and really toward everyone. For this service you perform not only meets the needs of God’s people, but also produces an outpouring of gratitude to God.’ Heeding this call, I would say that Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving. Thanks be to God for our abilities to love and care for one another.