FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK
Rooted in Mission and Inspired by Vision
As I have shared with you in previous newsletters, significant changes have occurred in the last several years at Don Guanella and Divine Providence, resulting in these two historically linked but distinct programs working ever more closely together. This closer relationship can be seen in combined daily operations, blended philanthropic efforts, and the publishing of this joint newsletter. Currently, steps are being taken to soon merge the two program entities into one corporation. With all this unfolding, we felt it important to revisit the foundation of What we do and Why we do it – our raison d’etre, if you will – and to adapt our Mission and Vision statements to reflect our shared journey as the Communities of Don Guanella and Divine Providence. Our new Mission Statement states very simply that:
Following the loving example of Jesus, we the Communities of Don Guanella and Divine Providence, embrace persons with intellectual disabilities with professional and compassionate care.
A related Vision Statement sets forth our hopes and aspirations for those to whom our mission is directed:
Rooted in the tradition of our Catholic faith and guided by Guanellian values, we maximize the potential of those we serve. Through the quality of our services, we promote individuality and belonging, ensure respect and dignity, and nourish spirituality and wellness, all within the supportive love of family.
These statements reinforce our identity and infuse our work with the vocation to express God’s unconditional love for all, as we give clear
witness to the dignity of our vulnerable individuals. It is fitting that we first introduced these statements to our employees on October 24th, the feast day of St. Luigi Guanella, who devoted his life to ministry among those with intellectual disabilities. We proudly present them here to our larger Guanella family in this newsletter during the holy season of Advent and Christmas, a time full of light, renewal, and hope. In sharing them with you, we invite you to see yourselves as integral to our daily efforts, as together we embrace those whom we serve within the supportive love of family. We are so grateful to count you among those ranks. God bless you and your loved ones during this Christmas season and in the New Year.