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Shawn

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Winter 2021

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Friend of MILESTONE,

What a year it’s been. When the calendar turned over to 21’ I was so optimistic, but in all honesty, between COVID-19 and a staffing shortage unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, I’m ready to say good night to 21’. Last month I shared the message below to our staff in our employee newsletter. Much of this message applies to any and every one; we’re all dealing with something.

In the past few weeks I’ve had interactions with MILESTONE family members whose lives have been turned upside down. Tragedy can strike at any moment; depression can enter one’s life in a heartbeat, especially over the past 18 months.

A formal description of MILESTONE’s “business purpose” is that we are an organization that serves the intellectual and developmentally disabled community. What we really are is a family, a community of nearly 800 that live, work, and care for one another.

These past 18 months have been brutal. But here’s the thing. We’re in the Human Services field. Every day we come together to aid in providing the best life possible for the individuals we serve. We also come together as a workforce to work through the challenges we face each and every day.

During these difficult times, whenever you have the opportunity, lend a hand, lend an ear to a co-worker in need. As a country we seem to be splintered over this, that and the other. But here at MILESTONE, always remember why we’re here; to serve, and the best way to serve is to work together and be there for a co-worker in need.

On behalf of the individuals we serve and the staff that care for them, thank you for your continued support. With the Christmas holidays approaching, may you, your friends and family find peace. My best wishes for a joyful and healthy 22’!