As we move through the month of November, we are reminded it is the month of thankfulness. When we think about what we are thankful for, some immediate thoughts come to mind: family, friends and our home. There is so much more to be thankful for the list could go on. Since people run businesses, I believe they can also have a thankful feel to them. Human Response Network (HRN) is thankful for the relationships we have with the organizations within Trinity County, the different funders who support us, and the relationships with our clients.
At HRN, especially during the month of November, we strive to be thankful. We have created a thankful tree where employees are encouraged to write something they are thankful for on a paper leaf and place it on the tree. One of the goals with the activity is to remind ourselves what we are thankful for on a deeper level. Another goal is to encourage those whom we work with.
We are thankful we have been offered funding to assist with the different needs during COVID. We are thankful to have funding for assisting with domestic violence survivors and rape survivors. We are thankful to be able to assist with childcare and preschool. We are thankful to have tobacco education and rape prevention education programs. Those programs are still happening virtually even though we cannot meet in person. We are thankful to have housing assistance programs that range from emergency housing to eviction prevention. Do you have a little one? We are thankful to have the Welcome Baby Program, car seats and bike helmets that can help. We have more programs we are thankful for.
Over the past year there have been times when being thankful was hard. We have worked though issues that are new to us such as facing and finding our way through a pandemic. We have faced issues that are scary to us. We have faced ten months of uncertainty about what the next issue will be. Will it be going back into lockdown, will we be laid off again, or will the stores run out of items that are desperately needed? As we have unfortunately moved into the purple tier, which is the most restrictive, it is good to try to remember there are still things we can be thankful for.
As we move through the rest of this month of thankfulness let us look and be reminded of what we are truly thankful for everyday in each of our lives.