Summer 2018 Newsletter Article
On June 14th I had the honor to attend the Fourteenth Annual St. Christopher’s Inn Board of Directors Fundraising Dinner. This was my first event and I am pleased to share it was a resounding success – exceeding our budgeted attendance and revenue goals. Credit for our success was due to the efforts of countless individuals but in great part to our evening’s honoree Mr. David McWilliams, CEO JRM Construction.
I had the pleasure of meeting David and his wife (Mary Ellen) a few weeks prior to the event. During our time together we learned that while JRM had a reputation for supporting not-for-profit organizations they were also extremely selective in identifying charities to lend their support because their commitment was not fleeting but rather as a long-term partner. In turn, we shared that SCI has been at the forefront of fighting the addiction battle. For more than 50 years, we have been successful in saving lives because we have known that addiction thrives in the dark. However, when we place it in the light and see it for what it is, “a disease rooted in shame and unworthiness” we can begin the process of reversing the stigma and start the cycle of hope, healing and recovery. Throughout our time together, our Brothers Christopher shared their personal stories and provided testimonials of support. David spoke with our team of exceptional caregivers, spent time with our Friars and learned of our rich history of service in support of our mission. When our time together came to an end, David shared that JRM has decided to embrace SCI as one of a few select charities that would benefit from their generosity.
My thanks to JRM Construction and David McWilliams for their support and to all of our donors. It is only because of your generosity and the spiritual direction of the Friars and Sisters of Atonement that we can continue in our mission to care for those most in need, “healing wounds, uniting what has fallen apart and bringing home those who have lost their way”.
Please know that we keep you and your families in our prayers and that we have and will continue to be good stewards of your gifts. Wishing you a wonderful summer!