In many traditions, this time of the year is a time of renewal; a renewal of faith; a renewal of hope and a time of goodness.

This is also a time of gift giving and we have all been given a wonderful gift. Every day we have the opportunity to contribute to the renewal of faith, hope and goodness in the lives of thousands of troubled New Yorkers.  Wounded people knock on the doors of our programs each and every day. Most often they leave those programs with a replenished spirit, more joy in their hearts and greater hope for the future.

A famous poet wrote:

“To appreciate beauty, to find the best  in mothers, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition.  To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived is to have succeeded.”

We are doers of good deeds and because of the work you do there is one less child crying (link to Child and Family services on ICL website), one less person frightened and confused (link to Clinic Services), and one less veterans without a place to call home (link to Veterans Services).  There is one more smile; one more hopeful future.  Let’s all make a New Year’s Resolution to give everyone in our care the gift of a better life.

Thank you and I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and the very best in the New Year.

David J. Woodlock
President and Chief Executive Officer