A Message From Our Health to You
2017 was a very busy year for Our Health and the community we serve. Board and staff members continued to carry out the mission and vision of our organization resulting in a number of positive outcomes for those most in need in our region.
We are happy to report that our biggest accomplishment this year was the opening of the Valley Workforce Center in our newly renovated fourth campus building – the former Patton Furniture Warehouse building at 419 North Cameron Street. Joining us on the campus are the Virginia Employment Commission and Adult Education of LFCC. Together with the staff at Valley Workforce they provide training, re-training and job placement for those qualifying for services. In addition, the National Alliance on Mental Illness-NSV, Just Me Movement and the Community Foundation – NSV joined our campus partners bringing the number of agencies serving our community to 24. We are in existence to support our 81 partner organizations in achieving their missions. We work very hard to match our strengths to their needs whether it is grant writing assistance, volunteer recruitment, training and technical assistance, and marketing and public relations.
Our number one critical issue to address in our strategic plan has been to achieve financial stability. We are dedicated to being good stewards of your donations. We are accomplishing this through our investment plan diversification, the establishment and continued funding of our endowment fund, and the increase in fundraiser revenue. We are also extremely happy to report that we received an anonymous legacy gift from the trust of a very generous community resident. This gift came at such an important time for our organization as we faced the loss of the City of Winchester grant. They voted to discontinue grants to nonprofits in their FY 2018 budget. We were one of 10 nonprofits impacted by this decision. We have worked hard this year to overcome this unexpected loss of funding. The City has supported Our Health since its inception in 1999 and we are very appreciative of those years of support.
We believe that our story of service is a worthy one and we work hard to let everyone know about the good work done by our partners on this campus and throughout the region. We would love to take you on a tour of the campus and let you see first-hand the amazing services provided. Call our office to arrange an individual or group tour.
We are honored to serve as your Board Chair and Executive Director and could not ask for a more dedicated board of directors, staff, and volunteers. We look forward to continuing to address the health and well-being of those most in need in our community throughout 2018 and beyond.
Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to support our efforts. We wish you and yours a most happy, healthy 2018.
Don Butler Sharen E. Gromling