A Message from Regional Director, Ross Egge
Children in Florida last week experienced complete terror, that community reeling with the tragic loss of loved ones. Young students there being forced to deal with a fear and insecurity they should never have to endure. Too many of the children NPH serves, know all too well the fear and instability that comes with a violent world. As a family and community caring for children, we are praying for all those affected by this tragedy, our children sending their own prayers and support for those lives lost and those left behind. In our NPH schools and through community engagement, our programs are designed to be a safe haven from an uncertain world. We must continue to do our part, wrapping arms of love and support around our children to ensure a better world for them and for future generations.
In our efforts to secure a better future for those children most in need, the year celebrating 30 years of support for NPH here in the Northwest is off to a wonderful and exciting start. We have already had some exciting gatherings within our community here to share the impact and what it truly means to the children who entered the NPH family so many years ago who are now thriving, taking advantage of every opportunity and building a better future for themselves and their communities. One of our Regional Board Members, Cathy Callans, hosted a small and informal dinner gathering with friends last month co-hosted by our six NPH University student’s studying English and Leadership here as part of the NPH International Seattle Leadership Institute. It was a wonderful opportunity to see first hand the successes our children can achieve and learn more about their lives and dreams for the future. (Read more about it on our blog here!) Our Regional Board gathered last month for our annual retreat, discussing plans for the year and learning more about the exciting work happening now in our NPH programs that will allow us to better respond to the induvial needs and circumstance of each child. More than forty friends and supporters gathered with our Seattle Leadership Students just recently for a NPH Paint Night at Mercer Wines with a guided painting experience producing a beautiful and common Northwest scene (click here to see some images from the event on our Facebook page)! Our incredible Associate Board is gearing up for their annual Carnaval for a Cause event on March 3rd. A very fun night celebrating what we can do when we come together as a community to transform the lives of children. We’re also getting excited for our Faces of Hope gatherings later in March, on the 21st and 23rd. We can’t wait to see you there and meet new people who want to learn more of how they can be a part of our Northwest NPH family and do something unique to be the change the children and families we serve so desperately need.
Thank you for your steadfast commitment and support. It is that promise that makes NPH so unique, allowing us to take children who would otherwise be lost to the world and provide them with the love and security of family, supporting the full trajectory of their lives so they can determine their own future and make the world we all share a better, safer and more just place for all.