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More work to do

We took our youngest to urgent care over the weekend. It was Super Bowl Sunday. Her fever wouldn’t come down. After hearing her symptoms, the nurse told me we should really get her in, if at all possible. It was barely a second thought for me. I almost didn’t cringe at the thought of potentially meeting our high deductible so early in the year. We have health insurance.

Then, my husband and I both missed work days this week to stay home with her. That wasn’t a second thought at all. That was shuffling meetings, getting some work done while she napped. I have sick time; he has dependent leave.

Then, on what surely must have been the coldest night in Kansas City history, our furnace stopped blowing. That was a call to the service company, finding out they weren’t doing any house calls until the following day, and then a free visit from our neighbor who, fortunately for us, is a HVAC genius. We have social supports.

I get phone calls on a regular basis from people, who, if any of the above things had happened, would send their world into a tailspin. People who are desperately trying to figure out who can help them keep their utilities on. People who have no idea where they’re going to sleep tomorrow night after their time at the emergency shelter is officially up. People who are working hard but still falling behind.

I am keenly aware of how fortunate my family is to have health insurance. We’re not going to have to skip meals or figure out which utility bill can go without being paid because we took Mary to urgent care. We are lucky to have jobs with benefits. Neither of us went without pay or got fired because we chose to take care of a sick baby instead of report to the office. We are thankful to have supports all around us: family, friends, and in this case, a neighbor.

I would like my girls to know a society in which we don’t think of poverty as a character failing or a lack of motivation, but rather, a shortage of money. I would like them to take it for granted that anyone who works can make a living wage. I want them to be bewildered when we try to explain homelessness to them. Last month marked the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty. We have some more work to do.

Grateful for Thanks

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MAAC just wrapped up our first (in recent years) semiannual customer service survey week. Thank you to our agencies and community partners for all your valuable input and for taking the time to let us know how we’re doing. We welcome the constructive thoughts and are grateful for the overwhelming thanks we received.

MAAC is thankful for you and your agency and all the hard work you do for our community. We are happy to call you friends and partners.

Because it’s Thanksgiving week…

Keeping in the theme of the season, the MAAC staff would like to share some of the things we are thankful for:

Natasha is thankful for the generosity of friends and family helping her paint and move into her new home!

Howie is thankful for reStart’s boldness in renovating not just their emergency shelter facility, but their whole programming model.  He thinks the changes are not only great for their clients and for reStart, but for the whole community.

Linda is thankful for laughter, memories and chocolate pecan pie – lots of pie.

Stephanie is thankful for everything in her life that she’s fortunate to have… Family, her amazing friends, and opportunities she’s been able to take advantage of.

Glory is thankful there are after-school programs available where our kids can learn, have fun, and stay safe!

Shelly is thankful for mornings when her kids wake up happy and they can find everyone’s shoes and there is a cup of coffee for the road.

I’m (Megan) thankful for patience, compassion, and my friends who are really more like a family. And mashed potatoes with lots of butter.

Our fearless leader, John, is thankful for the fact that he loves his job, that what we do helps the community, and that he works with great people. And for covered parking.

Jill has created one of her infamous drawings to express her thoughts on being thankful for technology:

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There are so many ways to be thankful and things to be thankful for…

As we embark on this holiday season, let the intention be to remember this for ourselves and others as we continue to help in whatever ways we do… however that looks to you.

Happy Turkey Day and Holidays ahead!