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Several years ago, during some rather intense life challenges, I ran into a former colleague at the grocery store. Rather than answering her courteous “How are you?” question with the typical “Good,” I said, “Honestly, I’ve been a pretty big puddle lately.”
She put her hand on my shoulder and said, “Well, there’s a lot of reflection to be had in those puddles.”
2020 has been more like an ocean than a puddle, with no shortage of opportunity for this type of reflection. Our humanity and much of what brings us joy has been strained, stretched, removed, and threatened. Like many of you, I have been proctoring high school math tests while facilitating meetings on Zoom and longing to be in community with larger groups of friends and family.
Life feels heavy right now - the need to take care of our mental health is paramount. You can access (and share with others) a host of free and affordable options at the MHSU Alliance of Larimer County or through Colorado Spirit, a free program through SummitStone Health Partners.
Our humanity is also what unites us. Parents spread thinly, workers trying to make ends meet, employers worried about our future, front line workers exhausted and yet somehow, when we lock tired eyes with each other in public, even with masked faces, there is an energy exchange that says, “We’re going to get through this.” And, with the promise of a vaccine soon on the horizon, we’re closer to the end of this journey than the beginning.
At UWLC, we’ve seen our community come together to face what 2020 has delivered head on.
In the past month:
And, hundreds of you have contributed over $1 million to our Larimer County Fire Recovery Fund for families who have lost homes, including these generous community supporters who stepped up in a big way to help strengthen our community:
Cumulatively, these invisible superheroes contributed $480,500!
We are leaning in for impact at UWLC with a bifocal perspective of today’s needs and long-term aspirations of recovery and re-creating. During this month of celebrating gratitude, we are grateful for all of you and the Larimer United of which you are a part. Stay connected—with us, with yourselves and with each other.
With warmth always,
Deirdre Sullivan, President and CEO
Copyright 2015 United Way of Larimer County