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We hereby resolve …

by Pete Roll, Executive Director

Here we are in the second month of 2014 and many people are still trying to stick to their New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you were one of those whose resolutions for this year centered around self-improvement, like losing weight, getting more exercise, sticking to a healthier diet. Maybe you were among those who resolved to keep better track of your finances, reduce your debt, increase savings or put more money towards retirement. While all of these things are important and require some sacrifice and self-discipline, there are other resolutions – pledges – that require ongoing effort, determination and considerate actions. As an organization dedicated to providing quality services and support for people with developmental disabilities, the start of a new year is good time for us to share our resolutions – our pledges – to those we serve, their families, our staff, supporters and the community. Here are some that come to mind:

• We resolve to always and in all ways strive to do our very best on behalf of those we serve.

• We resolve to continue to honor the legacy and memories of those who gave so much in establishing us as an agency and laying the foundation for our mission by continuing to set and exceed standards on how services are provided – always remembering to keep those we serve in the forefront of every decision we make.

• We resolve to serve as an example for what quality services should be as we enhance the opportunities we provide to those we serve.

• We resolve to support individual choices and respect the rights of those we serve.

• We resolve to assure that our homes are nurturing and caring environments where each person feels welcome, safe and secure.

• We resolve to be professional in how we conduct ourselves while working with those we serve, their families and our supportive community.

• We resolve to not be so consumed with completing tasks that we forget that we are here to serve people first.

• We resolve to make a positive difference in the lives of those we serve.

Anyone of us who has tried to lose weight or save money knows how difficult such resolutions can be and how quickly they can be forgotten as we busy ourselves with everything going on around us. We must not and cannot forget our resolutions as an organization – we cannot allow them to get lost in how busy we are. That’s why it’s important for us at the start of another year to remind ourselves of our resolutions and to strengthen our commitment as a team to resolutions that last more than a few weeks or months – resolutions that those we serve can rely on throughout their lives, not just on New Year’s Day.
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