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From the President's Desk - Fall 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

It has been said that just as there are seasons in nature, so too are there seasons in our lives. At Arbor Circle, we have a unique relationship with this idea, because we don’t work in any one particular season. Our work happens in the space between seasons, where people are preparing for change, encountering crises they could not have imagined, or preventing habits that may lead to an unhealthy future. 

As we guide people through that space, their stories always remind us that change is possible. It may not feel as inevitable as leaves trading their colors in the fall, but we know that with supportive resources and healthy relationships, each person has the potential to enter a new season in his or her life. 
 
In addition to being a time to think about change, fall is also a time to recognize an important community issue: youth homelessness. In 2011, Arbor Circle’s Youth Development program served more than 500 youth who were experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness, and we provided over 2,500 shelter days to youth experiencing a housing crisis. November is National Runaway Prevention Month. Arbor Circle will be doing even more to raise awareness about youth homelessness, and we are offering opportunities for you to join us. We will be hosting an Open House at the Bridge on November 14th.
 
As always, we appreciate your support. And more importantly, if you or a loved one is struggling with an unexpected change, an issue like homelessness, or just looking for a community resource, we are always here to help. Call us at (616) 456-6571.
 
Warm regards,
Jack Greenfield
President/CEO