We have been vacationing in the summer for over a decade with our very closest friends. Our days are filled with a fantastic range of curated hikes (thanks, Lu), and we spend time relaxing in the evenings over glasses of wine and great conversation. Our time together is an important tradition.
This year we ventured into a couple of unique national forests in Oregon. Hiking in the pristine landscape of the Mt. Hood National Forst was inspiring. The experience of walking amongst old-growth trees and on trails cut into the sides of a mountain punctuated the work we are doing with our Centers of Excellence.
Forests require stewardship. They require careful attention to the natural balance of the ecosystems. The work we do with HBI is about being stewards in a child’s life. We are helping them to navigate challenges and consider options for their futures. Stewarding a child toward the future life they deserve is like hiking in nature – it requires continuous, careful attention to our surroundings.
We are responsible for helping to shape lives, and we need a team of the absolute best stewards and caretakers. One of our clear roles as stewards is to ensure that the programs we develop and the projects we facilitate have the resources they need to be successful. This stewardship is especially true in our work with children who have lived through the experiences of trauma, neglect, and abandonment.
Truthfully, transformative care does not happen through just one person – it takes a village. You are part of their village for the boys who call Casa Girasoles their home. You are caring for them by championing support on their behalf, while Casa Girasoles staff care for them by being present for these children every day as psychologists, houseparents, social workers, cooks, and more! That is why we are so excited to invite the entire Health Bridges community to join us in supporting the supporters.
For children residing in Casa Girasoles, having access to caring adults means a life of safety, healing, and new beginnings. And that’s why we’re starting #BeTheBridge, a campaign that puts the spotlight on the caring adults of Casa Girasoles (which includes people like you) who are the best bridges towards transformation. Are you ready to meet and support the people working behind the scenes at Casa Girasoles?