Our Executive Director, Karla, chooses a word that helps set an intention in both the personal and professional sides of life. Her word this year is OPPORTUNITY. From reading Managing Your Nonprofit for Resilience by Ted Bilich, she was pulled towards the idea of risk. "Risk is neither good nor bad. Risk is simply the acknowledgement that none of us can see into the future," (pg. 18). Opportunity is a way to express positive risk- taking intentional, smart risks.
As an organization, we want to take the idea of chosing a word of the year to guide our goals with intention.
FHBB has chosen BUILD as the word for 2024 to help connect some of this years goals.
Part of our mission is to "Build connections with community partners". This part of the mission is for our organization and other organizations to work together to better support our community. This is is reflected through the first 2 goals: Mobile Market and S.H.O.P.
Mobile Market - We're planning to launch the Mobile Market during the first half of this year. This bus was aquired through a relationship built with ATA. They donated a retiring bus to us so we can make the dream of connecting with parts of our community that can't make it to FHBB. We want to bring our market to them.
S.H.O.P. (Senior Homebound Outreach Program) - This is a new path for this vital program done for years by 2 dedicated volunteers. To expand this program and reach some of our communities underserved population, we will continue working with staff at senior living communities such as the National Church Residences at Garden way and Colorado Plaza with more intention. We want to build on to this program to make it as successful as we know it can be.
The other way we're looking at our word of 2024 is by taking the definition of build that is to construct something by putting the parts together. This connects our next 3 goals: Facility Planning, Service Enterprise and Parking Lot.
Facility Planning - We've grown and changed a lot in the last few years. The number of households have more than doubled since 2022 but our walls have not. Our space capacity and building planning is a goal that will span through the coming years.
Service Enterprise - FHBB has embarked on an 18 month adventure to develop our knowledge, skills, and systems to capture, support, and retain an engaged, dynamic volunteer base who support our mission. This program is from AL!VE and is facilitated through the Kansas Volunteer Commission.
Parking Lot - We're excited to see the city lot shared with the Douglass Activity Center taking steps towards a new and shiny parking area. It has taken a while longer than expected with some unexpected construction barriers that pushed the project into the winter months. This is not a goal we can control, but it helps our personal goal of practicing patience and our ability to adapt to new situations.
There are many other goals we have as we start on the journey of 2024 and other projects we're excited to share with our community. As we take more steps into the new year, we'll keep our word, BUILD, as the guiding theme and continue towards our vision that there is No One in Need Among Us.
Jennie & the FHBB Team