It’s amazing to walk through the halls of Welcome Hall Mission and consider all of the lives that have been changed over the past 125 years. Today I want to share a brief story that I encountered during my first week as CEO.
I was observing some of the hundreds of people who were receiving free groceries at our multi-service building, when a lovely-looking family caught my eye. I noticed them walk in looking bewildered and fearful. Mom and Dad were trying to act confident; the two children looked like they were on the verge of tears.
We found out that they had been in the city for one week, having immigrated from Kazakhstan. One of our senior staff engaged the children and soon had a few smiles for her efforts while another employee ensured that the family was able to obtain the food that they needed. It warmed my heart to see my colleagues’ empathy first-hand. I’ll never forget that day.
Over the last few months, I have been privileged to observe many stories of hope, inspiration and courage like this one. Without the help of generous people like you, that family and thousands of others may have gone hungry that week. I invite you to see in the following pages what other recent accomplishments you’ve made possible and our plans for the future. Again, I thank you for your support.