A Christmas Story

“Think globally, act locally” is an expression we hear often these days.

The global problems reported on the news can give us a sense of feeling powerless. However, an encounter I had last Christmas encouraged me. I was at the Our Harbour Christmas party chatting with a new resident and I asked him how he liked Our Harbour.

“This is the best place I have ever lived”, he said, continuing, “because here, I have my independence. I’ve lived in several other types of housing and this one suits me best”. Providing people who live with a mental illness a place where they can regain their ability to make their own decisions is an important part of what our donations of time and money do.

Our Harbour has come a long way since it was founded sixteen years ago. Today, 24 people living with mental illness can count on having stable housing and a supportive network to help them become more and more independent.

Last Christmas my conversation with that new resident was the best Christmas gift I received. We can change lives in our community no matter how complicated the world becomes.

This holiday season, give yourself the gift of effecting positive change in the lives of people living with mental illness.

Please give to Our Harbour. Your support makes their support possible.

Gretchen Cheung
Member, Individual Fundraising Committee