Dear Friends and Colleagues:
Our communities and those we serve in our profession call upon us to reach for our best skills and talents. While many of us have experienced a paucity of resources necessary to serve our constituents, we have also seen those resources grow in abundance over the last year. But we have also seen a tremendous growth in need that reaches so many segments of society.
NCDA remains poised to continue doing what it does best – advocating on Capitol Hill on behalf of our member communities and those we serve; nurturing a peer support network that is a critical resource for so many of us, especially in tumultuous times; and helping to educate us about statutory, regulatory, and programmatic changes that impact the work we do every day. These learning opportunities – including training for new entrants to the field as well as seasoned professionals – enable us to effectively reach the most disenfranchised among us. The community of learning and sharing that NCDA has cultivated since its inception provides the tools that will help us to break down the scourge of poverty and historical racial and ethnic inequities, and create access to affordable housing, job, and other economic opportunities.
Throughout my tenure with NCDA, it has been my great pleasure and privilege to work with so many of you – and to find my inspiration in you. I look forward to collaborating with you over the course of the next year.
With warmest regards,
Anne Marie Belrose