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Attitude of Gratitude

This November, we took the opportunity to try to publicly thank all the people, organizations, tools, and resources that make it possible for Youth Programs to be all it can be.

Staff. From the entire current team of people that staffs Friends of Refugees all the way back to Ms. Pat herself and everyone in between, we are so appreciative of the literal, blood, sweat, and tears that brought FOR to where it is now. There is not enough that can be said or enough appreciation given to the people who have spent their lives to make Clarkston a flourishing, abundant community.

Volunteers. Duh. Y'all know that we depend on volunteers to help us run camp through the summer, tutor kids at Friends Youth Mentoring, and make sure the soccer team makes it to their games. We depend on volunteers to make every part of our programs happen. We also have a group of volunteers that keep us personally motivated and on track. Volunteers that consistently remind us of our mission and keep us encouraged. Without committed volunteers, we couldn't do any of what we do well.

Supporters. Donations are important when you work for a non-profit. It's much easier to feed, bus, and provide entertainment to youth when you have the means to do it. From big grants and awards to the parents who chip in a little extra when paying for their kid's camp fee, every donation is a blessing. It all goes straight back to the kids, making sure that they know they are loved, important, and cared for. The support we are given allows us to invite more youth into our programs, feed them healthier food, and empower more local leaders. Every donation is celebrated and enjoyed by the whole YP family.

Youth. We love the kids we work with. We love the beauty they bring to the world. We love their ideas, jokes, smiles, and that one day they will be adults who make a difference. We couldn't be more thankful for the group of people that we have been entrusted to serve.

Clarkston. More than anything else, we are thankful for such a special place to serve. There are not many other places where we can have so many different people from so many different places all

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