Annual Report February 2023

Dear friends and supporters of Home of Hope,
Below is a snapshot of the many great things that happened at Home of Hope in 2022, and a few of the things ahead of us as we’ve begun to move into 2023. This “year in review” letter is a brief update but it’s our intent, beginning later this year, to start sending you a more formal annual report after the end of each fiscal year. Here are just a few of the challenges and accomplishments from the last year that we wanted to share with you:
Addressing the Workforce Crisis:
After working quite literally night and day for the past two years to bring our clients and staff safely through the COVID-19 pandemic, nothing else has hit Home of Hope, and other similar organizations around the country, as hard as the workforce crisis. Several significant efforts at Home of Hope over the last year have revolved around this single issue:

The Twelve Ways of Giving

Twelve Days of Giving

Ah, the Twelve Days of Christmas

It’s that song that gets stuck in your head, if nothing else out of sheer repetition throughout the month of December. As far as we know, the first version kicked off in a children’s book in 1780, and something roughly resembling our current version was written by a fellow named Frederic Austin in 1909. From there, it was on to the endless playful, and sometimes intentionally mocking, variations we’ve all heard played over and over (thank you in particular Jeff Foxworthy).

And of course, there are the “Twelve Days of Giving” marketing campaigns to encourage donors to support a particular cause. As a non-profit, we have no problem with that concept, and if you want to make a gift to Home of Hope on each of the twelve days of Christmas (if you’re not sure when to make those payments, the twelve days start on Christmas day and continue into January), we’re willing to accept them. What we would rather do this year, though, is scoot onto the couch beside you (move over just a bit – thanks) and think together about twelve ways we can all make a difference for other people at this time of year. Some involve financial gifts, some gifts of our stuff, and some more simply gifts of our time and our attention.

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