With the election of a new provincial government last year, many agencies are concerned about their government funding. While that concern may be well-founded, we see reason for optimism. The government has committed to stable funding for mental health, announced an initiative to improve the way employment services are managed, and identified funds to improve affordable housing. We also see opportunity: the opportunity to adapt, to partner, to improve and to grow.
The demand for our services is certainly growing. In 2018, we helped more than 19,600 clients – a 30% increase from the previous year. While most of this increase came from working with our community partners to increase housing stability, another reason is because people come to us for our reputation of caring about and delivering results for our clients. Lutherwood would not be what it is without you: the 480 dedicated employees, the 121 volunteers who give so freely of their time, and the 1,919 people who trusted us with gifts to help others.
So, thank you for helping us help our community. And remember, if you are struggling, take it one step at a time. Maybe we can be your first step.
- Ms. Sunny Field, Chair, Board of Governors
- Dr. John Colangeli, Chief Executive Officer