“We live in a time of extraordinary change – change that’s reshaping the way we live, the way we work, our planet and our place in the world. It’s change that promises amazing medical breakthroughs, but also economic disruptions that strain working families. It promises education for girls in the most remote villages, but also connects terrorists plotting an ocean away. It’s change that can broaden opportunity, or widen inequality. And whether we like it or not, the pace of the change will only accelerate.”
-President Obama, 2016 State of the Union AddressChange is never easy, as President Obama pointed out in his final State of the Union address. It can cause us to step outside the familiar and face the unknown. It can offer new challenges but can promise even greater rewards.
In 2016, Family Matters of Greater Washington is embracing change while staying connected to our core values and the roots of our success. For us, that means forging a greater connection to community, rooted in our shared belief that “i matter, u matter, we all matter,” and our consistent desire to improve and innovate, to inspire and excite, to give those in need a hand up rather than a hand-out.
Compassionate Solutions that Empower, Enrich and Elevate
This is why we relocated our headquarters to 425 Eye Street, NW earlier this year and will be opening a new D.C.-based mental health facility at 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE in the Spring. With a refreshed mission that emphasizes impact, we view our physical sites as more than offices. We view them as compassionate solutions centers based in the communities they serve, that can respond and adapt to the needs of the people of those communities.
Expanding our programs and services while achieving the greatest impact has meant making sacrifices and changing the way we do business. It means continually evaluating our programs to balance resources and results to ensure that we achieve the highest possible level of financial sustainability on behalf of both our donors and clients.
That is why we trimmed a number of programs and added others that reflect the changing needs of our clients.
Changing needs like those of senior citizens who have struggled to adapt to a technology-driven world. That’s why we introduced our “Connecting to Community” program, which offers socially-isolated seniors training and resources to connect with friends and family via social media and the Internet. Changes in the economy and job availability that can put stresses on families and individuals – stresses we help address through our behavioral and mental health centers and our financial planning and literacy courses offered through our award-winning “Ways to Work” program.
Reflecting Back, Looking Forward
And while we look to the future, we also celebrate our past. We recently announced the 50th Anniversary of our iconic Camp Moss Hollow program and the launch of our 2016 Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Over the past half century, Camp Moss Hollow has served more than 30,000 D.C. area youth, broadening horizons and building future leaders naturally. Camp Moss Hollow is more than just a winter and summer camp that gets young people off the streets at a critical time in their lives. It is a youth development program that enhances educational achievement, increases self-worth and self-esteem, and opens new doors of opportunity for thousands of kids who otherwise would not know the simple joy of camping and communing with friends and nature.
We invite you to join us on this journey. You can do so by visiting Camp Moss Hollow either virtually or in person in Markham, Virginia. You can also participate by donating to Send a Kid to Camp or through our Annual Awards Gala, which will take place May 26 at the historic Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.
“We made change work for us, always extending America’s promise outward, to the next frontier, to more and more people.” – President Obama, 2016 State of the Union Address
At Family Matters, we too make change work for us, as we look forward to a new year filled with possibility, hope, compassion and challenge and the potential to touch ever more lives. We are shifting to ensure that as the needs of our community evolve, we evolve as well in the ways we serve you.
As President and CEO of Family Matters, I feel blessed and honored to guide this organization. I look to the future with a promise to provide the highest level of stewardship of our human, natural and financial resources, while maintaining the integrity and human touch that has enabled us to be a valued presence in the Washington, DC community for 134 years.