A Message from Barry Hazard, Chief Development Officer
My family and I had just finished touring Yosemite National Park and were now in the Redwoods of Northern California. It was the summer of 2010. Several years had passed since we were last among these magnificent trees and we had very much wanted to see them again. The “height” of our visit was the Avenue of the Giants – a 31-mile stretch of Redwoods you have to see to believe. Words are inadequate to describe these towering testaments of growth and endurance.
Growing in Strength is our agency-wide theme for 2012-13. Think of the Redwoods. These trees have grown and thrived over the centuries, despite adversity. But they didn’t do it alone. Their roots intertwined with one another to reach their full potential. They weathered the storms together! Perhaps that is why you don’t just see the Redwoods, you experience them.
One of the true blessings in life is to personally grow in strength, and an even greater blessing is to help others do so. That is what we are all about at LCS. One of our agency’s Ends Statements – our impact on those we serve - reads: People are accessing strengths to reconcile the past and embrace the future.
LCS recently received a gift from the May Legacy Trust. Edward May was a pastor who served God and helped people grow in strength. His strong faith in God’s love and the command to “Love one another” motivated him to help people during and after his lifetime. I suspect he also saw the Redwoods!
Barry Hazard, CFRE
Chief Development Officer