Nonprofits offer sincere thank you to workers during trying times

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The SafetyNet system in Florida includes more than 94,000 nonprofits who employ more than 6.5% of Florida’s Workforce. The Florida Nonprofit Alliance reports that nearly 40% of all nonprofits have experienced an increased demand for services over the past several months.

Clay Behavioral Health Center and Kids First of Florida are two community-based nonprofits who provide services and resources to Clay County. CBHC and KFF share common visions – to build a healthier community, one life, one family at a time.

The pandemic forced us to revamp our entire way of providing services to keep our staff and clients safe. The challenges we have encountered over the past year are many, they present themselves daily and they are unprecedented and complex. It would be easy to focus on the hardships, but instead we are focusing on the helpers.

As we enter the holiday season, we want to say “Thank you.”

Thank you to our dedicated team of professionals who were committed to continuing to provide essential behavioral health and child welfare services to adults, children, and families in our community. They used innovation and teamwork to keep the path to health and recovery open and accessible.

Thank you to our clients. We realize that individuals who receive our services are at difficult times in their lives. Acknowledging the need for professional help and participating in services takes courage and strength and doing it in a pandemic environment requires an additional level of flexibility and resiliency.

Thank you to our community partners who have been with us every step of the way. While we have seen an increased demand for services, we have also seen increased generosity and collaboration. When additional resources were needed, we asked for help and we received it. And that help came not only from our funders, business associates, local and state government, but also from You. You as individual members of our community, local churches, neighborhoods, civic groups, nonprofits and area businesses. We are grateful for the ongoing support.

We recognize that this holiday season may look a little different, and we remind you that its ok to not be ok. Be patient with yourself and others, remember that acts of kindness are linked to increased feelings of wellbeing, and reach out for help as you need it. As we enter the New Year, we remain hopeful for a healthy happy future.

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