Has it really been a year since I stepped into the shoes of CEO for The Baby Fold? Some days it seems that the time went by in a flash and other days it feels like we have addressed more challenges than one year could possibly hold. These past few months have been especially difficult.
After a particularly challenging meeting wrestling with next year’s budget, our Leadership Team made the very difficult decision to reduce our Residential Treatment Center from 28 beds to 14 beds over the next 6 months. Knowing that children and families lives would be impacted, employees would be affected and the whole agency would have adjustments to make, I prayed for reassurance that this was the right thing to do. I wanted a quick resounding “yes” to echo from the heaven. That did not happen, but what did happen next melted my heart. A series of blessings began occurring each with its own message of reassurance.
• Mayor Koos visited The Baby Fold to give us our Platinum Organization sticker to display at our entrance to the agency, signifying 100+ years in the community. Bill Hammitt, whose family has had a long history with the agency, joined us for the presentation. What a great reminder of all The Baby Fold has provided to the community and all that the agency has overcome when threats to it's mission would appear.
• The work of Rob Parent (a board member) and Morgan Schulte (a teacher at Hammitt School) to coordinate fundraisers on behalf of The Baby Fold (Fiona Way and Jammin’ for Hammitt). What a great reminder that there are lots of people out there who care about the work we do and the children and families we serve.
• When cash flow was getting tight this month, our farm manager, Brian Thompson called to say he has a check to send to us…just in time to meet the cash flow need. What a great reminder that God’s timing is always right on time.
• We have received a very positive response to our initial fundraising work to support our Healthy Start program. The efforts to raise money for the endowment fund are going very well from those we’ve asked but we’ve also had people contact us to participate –sometimes out of the blue and from people out of state! And our first on-line campaign to create greater awareness and raise immediately needed funds exceeded our goal. What a great reminder that our efforts to prevent the trauma we see every day is resonating with people everywhere - near and far.
These are just a sample of the outpouring of blessings I witnessed. There are more examples of perfectly timed meetings, calls and visits. Although we have many challenges ahead as we face these uncertain times, I feel reassured that God’s hand is on this agency and the children and families we serve are first and foremost His children. Please keep The Baby Fold in your prayers as we continue to do the next faithful thing.