Message to the Congregation of Trinity United Church from Shuchanna Swaby of HopeSpring
Reverend Côté, Mr. Rutherford, Ms. Dubé, special guests and parishioners, my name is Shuchanna Swaby and I am the new Chair of the Board of Directors at HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre. And on behalf of HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre we thank you so much for inviting us into your House of worship.
Every inspiring journey begins with a vision and deep passion. With undying faith, true hope and unending love Dan Blasutti and various Members of our community envisioned a concept where those in Waterloo region and beyond could gather in a sacred place where they could find comfort, support, hope and spiritual guidance no matter how/where/when cancer impacted their lives or the lives that haloed those around them. For the past 21 years, HopeSpring has endeavoured to carry out this mission. This Herculean feat would not have been possible without the last 5 years of dedication from our incredible team: Linda Maxwell, our Director of Operations, Anne Day, our Cancer Care Coach, Anita Woodard our Grant and IT specialist and our bookkeeper Kim. All were steadfast and kept deep faith ensuring that the vital services our members so desperately needed were still offered. They never let us or the members down and for that we owe them a debt of gratitude.
My journey started with my own cancer diagnosis in September 2012. In 2013 I discovered HopeSpring and found emotional healing and support through this difficult experience. I like to say that while my doctors gave me my health back, HopeSpring gave me my life back. Our most recent Board structure includes 2 new members, who drive a "can do" vision into our conversations and strategies. Our new Board is a mix of cancer survivors, care givers, and passionate community members who have heard the HopeSpring calling. We are using our cancer experiences to form the best possible future for HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre in the Waterloo region for years to come.
Like any journey there are peaks and valleys, successes and challenges. Some of those challenges are more difficult to navigate than others. In our history, the biggest challenge for us was a lack of solid fundraising strategies and an execution plan to sustain us. Most recently, we did not reach out to the community for help and we began to lose focus and hope for the future of HopeSpring. For this we are truly sorry. We underestimated the community compassion and Waterloo region's entrepreneurial spirit to succeed.
Concerned citizens came to the table when we announced closure and ignited new found passion and created Hope for HopeSpring's call for help to the community and Trinity United Church responded in a significant way. Your church embraced us, did not pass judgement on us, instead provided much needed reassurance and helped to guide us - just as God guides all of us, his children, to live generous, just, compassionate god filled lives. Trinity United Church uniquely became a saviour in our journey and for that we are forever grateful.
You have helped lead us on our HopeSpring healing, spiritual journey - a journey of true hope. We are inspired by the values you have engrained and live each day as members of Trinity United Church. We are taking action to parallel our values to those of your church - compassion, respect, gratitude, faith and joy. And these integrities will guide us to greater transparency, accountability, community voice and fiscal responsibility, which have become our newest cornerstones at HopeSpring. Humility, humbleness and grace will lead HopeSpring to its new chapter in our community.
Thank you for becoming an integral part of our journey. Thank you for your prayers and your blessings bestowed. Thank you for opening your doors to us, and thank you for your deep generosity. You are fulfilling one part of your mission as a church through this partnership - supporting those seeking hope and new beginnings. I am in full confidence, as the doors remain open at HopeSpring, and members discover and continue to use our services, that a piece of Trinity United Church's mission will live on in each member's journey. You have sown the seeds, began to fertilize the soil and it is now HopeSpring's vital job to nurture this garden, watch over it, keep it safe, in order to reap a plentiful Hope harvest. A harvest given so generously in God's generous love. Without knowing how to express our depth of appreciation to show the deep gratitude we have for all of you - I am left with the simplest of words which mean so very much - Thank YOU.
Trinity United Church 2月22日宣布，将匹配$50,000社会捐款，用来支持HopeSpring癌症支持中心(Cancer Support Centre)。在2月27日前，无论个人，还是商业人士或非牟利机构给HopeSpring捐款，Trinity Unite Church将一比一匹配，最高可达$50,000。大家可以通过电话519-742-4673或者到www.hopesring.ca捐款。
当Trinity Unity Church社会行动小组从本地新闻报道中了解到HopeSpring的困境时，认为需要立即行动。根据小组的建议，教会董事会举行会议，批准这笔捐款。教会董事会成员Dave Rutherford说，“HopeSpring为那些与癌症抗争的病人及其家属提供非常独到与重要的服务。如果社区失去了HopeSpring，这些人群将失去呵护。”Ruherford补充说，“我们不能光顾旁观，看着它关闭。整个社区应该为此立即行动。”
Downtown Congregation Sees A Need And Steps Up: "The Community Needs To Come Together Around This"
KITCHENER, FEB 22, 2017 – Trinity United Church pledged to match up to $50,000 in donations to support the HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre today.
Trinity has agreed to match up to $50,000 in donations from individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations to HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre during their current fundraising drive ending on February 27th. Pledges can be made directly to HopeSpring by calling (519) 742-4673 or on their website at www.hopespring.ca.
Trinity’s Social Action Team learned of the need in the community from local news reports and felt called to immediate action. On their recommendation, the church’s board had met and approved the donation.
Trinity board member Dave Rutherford said, “HopeSpring provides unique and important services to people who are fighting cancer and to their families too. If this community loses HopeSpring, there will be a huge gap in care.” Rutherford added, “We can't just stand by and watch it close. The community needs to come together around this.”
Linda Maxwell, Program and Volunteer Manager at HopeSpring called the pledge, “inspiring and generous. It gives us hope. I really believe that this community will come together, that we’ll raise enough money so we can continue to help people.”
About Trinity United Church
Trinity United Church celebrated its 175th Anniversary in 2016 and is the spiritual home to hundreds of families. It has a long history of working for social justice in Waterloo Region and beyond.
About HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre
HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre has been there for patients, caregivers, and families of those facing cancer in the Waterloo Region and surrounding area for 21 years. They provide all services to these individuals for free as cancer can be a financially crippling diagnosis.
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