My involvement in GIFTS began in 2008. After attending an introduction/kick-off luncheon about this new program, I stepped up to be the first coordinator for my Church, St. John Vianney in Janesville. We had less than a month to put together our initial intake, sleeping and meal procedures but were able to do so for that first night and set the framework for procedures moving forward. A year later, I was asked to join the Board of Directors which provided even greater opportunities to help form more of GIFTS policies and procedures. Then in 2013, I was selected to be the Board Chairperson, a role that I continue to enjoy. I have been blessed to assist in the growth of GIFTS including the establishment of our Resource Center and A-Team, the hiring of our first Executive Director, establishing all-day programming, acquiring our own building and transition house and overseeing a successful Capital Campaign. There has never been a time where I have not felt excited and engaged about GIFTS. I am confident that the future will provide many additional challenges and opportunities, including the opening of a Thrift Store.
This Easter season brings a wide array of concerns to our communities and our nation. Please rest assured that everyone associated with GIFTS remains committed to managing through these times and keeping our programs moving forward. We pray that all of you are staying safe and remember to keep our focus on our wonderful God. He will get us through these challenges if we keep our faith uppermost in our minds and in our daily activities. This Easter season remains one filled with Faith, Hope and Rejoicing – let us never lose sight of this!
Matt Prestil, Board Chair