Thanksgiving 2020 is asking us all to step up to the plate. Many of us may find it extra difficult to sit at our Thanksgiving table this year and say how thankful we are for this past year. Can we be thankful for 2020? It’s harder to see the good when we’re in the middle of a crisis, but serving in an organization that stresses compassion for others to such a degree as Shield Bearer helps to provide the critical perspective of gratitude. Being thankful recalibrates the way in which we look at the world around us. Being thankful changes us. It is such an opportunity to be involved in work with a far-reaching and lasting impact and significance.
The work that is done at Shield Bearer is humbling. Our counselors meet people, often, at the points in their lives when they are the lowest and in the darkest of places. We have the great privilege to take them by the hand and walk with them during these difficult times. It is a courageous gift our clients have generously given us: the honor to help them find healing, hope, and support.
I am thankful to serve alongside a great team of hardworking, caring, and compassionate individuals who bring a variety of experiences, perspectives, and expertise to the table. We come together to serve the hurting in our communities and are always searching for opportunities to make an even larger difference. I am grateful for the community of wise and generous leaders and supportive individuals across Houston who contribute their wisdom and guidance to Shield Bearer and have done so for the past fifteen years. Shield Bearer has successfully served over 100,000 individuals, couples, and families since its founding in 2005. The incredible generosity of our donors have not only made this milestone possible but they will enable us to pursue plans in the coming year or two to help us serve many more through the toughest of circumstances. Responding to the sufferings of others as if they were our own and serving the needs of others frees us to see the good in our own lives.