I know I join millions of people who were inspired by the message of hope so brilliantly shared by Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman at the Inaugural ceremony (watch it here if you missed it).
To me, one of the most important things she expressed was:
“Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed
a nation that isn’t broken,
but simply unfinished.”
That idea – not broken, but unfinished – resonated deeply with me because of the vital work that we do.
From a distance, a person experiencing homelessness and challenged by behavioral health issues or addiction might seem “broken.” But that is wrong. They are simply unfinished.
The men and women we serve have come to IW for healing, for stability, for opportunity, for change. And our committed staff members meet them wherever they may be, working with them to move forward.
At Interfaith Works, we work hard to put aspirations and words into action. That was a central message of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose astonishing life and leadership we celebrate this month.
He told us that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” In his deeds, Dr. King showed us there are times when we cannot patiently watch and wait for change. We must help bend that arc by taking action.
And we do. With your support in 2020, IW helped 161 people who experienced homelessness find permanent housing. We provided support to prevent 169 utility disconnections, protected 118 households from eviction or foreclosure, and assisted 147 people in securing employment with an average wage of $15.05/hr.
As we begin a new year inspired by hope and aspiration, we reaffirm our commitment to our neighbors who, at this moment, may be unfinished. With your faithful support, we will take action to bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice by advocating for change, striving for equity, and serving our community every day with empathy and optimism.
Interfaith Works CEO