Dear friends of Warm Hearth,
Our residents have almost completed their university classes for the spring and then summer will be in full force. We have great plans for summer time, including putting some finishing touches on our garden, making carpets with the new looms given to us by another local NGO, and spending time in the community.
Our residents have enjoyed a wonderful semester, showing their handicrafts at local exhibits, hosting visitors from abroad in their home and studying hard. We are so proud of the progress that they have made.
In August, our founder and an international trainer will be heading to Armenia for a few weeks. We are looking forward to that time of project evaluation and staff development.
As we look toward the future, we are considering sustainable options for our home, including a day care center. Please keep us in your thoughts and hearts as we consider our options carefully and try to make the best decision for the sake of Armenian orphans with disabilities.
We are grateful for your support and kindness. Our work would not be possible without you.
Natalie Bryant-Rizzieri (for us all)
Founder and Executive Director
Happy Spring. You'll find our most recent newsletter attached. Thank you for taking the time to read it and to follow our residents' lives. We are honored that you are with us on this journey.
As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I always appreciate hearing from you.
Sincerely & With Gratitude,
I have attached our most recent newsletter as well as the 2009 Annual Report. Enjoy the news from Armenia and the description of our residents' lives and accomplishments, heartaches and joys over the past year.
Thank you for your conviction that Warm Hearth is important work. Thank you for joining us.
I sincerely hope that each of you are well. I hope you had a blessed Christmas and New Year season, as did our residents.
Natalie (for us all)
As we near the year's end, the day's shorten and the night's lengthen. I have slowed my pace. Early this morning, as I walked these Brooklyn streets, I noticed that only a few trees still have leaves clinging to their branches. These last leaves cling desperately. In fact, they have already withered. It seemed an analogy for the need to let go, to let what has been done be done, to lay still and quiet for awhile in preparation for another year.
I don't think it is time to yet to plan for the next year, for that would misuse the season of quiet, the season of waiting. And these moments come too infrequently in our world.
So, as I wait and think about Warm Hearth, the past year, and this season of quiet ahead of us, I pause to give thanks for all that has come to be this year.
We were able, after long suffering, to bring Anna home from the clinic. We were able to open our doors to another resident, Davit, who had been on the streets. Our residents started university classes. We lost a beloved staff member who made a change in her career, but gained another.
On this side of the globe, we were able (many of us) to meet together, to strive for a better life for our residents, to problem solve, to celebrate, to gather, to give.
Our home is now full. Each bed is taken. And our hearts are taken as well, by these dear residents and one another. It is beautiful to me the way that we become bonded together, we, who work toward a common goal.
I wait, along with you, for the next chapter in the life of Warm Hearth. I hope for further healing for our residents, greater independence, better care for Sassoon, deeper societal changes toward those with disabilities. But I pause, with you, and know that we will go the way that opens, as the Quakers say, in the coming year. And for now, we can breathe and give thanks. 'Tis the season for this anyhow.
Natalie (for us all)
Founder & Executive Director
Friends of Warm Hearth
Dear supporters & friends,
I hope you enjoy the latest autumn newsletter regarding our residents and the progress of Warm Hearth.
Thank you for your sustained care and interest in our residents.
Natalie (for us all)
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