From the Director

A Letter From Paul Solomon

Spring 2021

Dear Friends,

“We exist temporarily through what we take, but live forever through what we give.” I am inspired by this quote from Vernon Jordan, the famous civil rights activist who passed away in March of this year. His words have stuck with me, particularly as I reflect back on what will soon be 20 years that I’ve been with Sponsors.

I could not begin to tell you all of the ways I’ve witnessed your generosity and support live on in the second chances being provided to participants here at Sponsors!  I am truly grateful and inspired by the dedication, compassion and energy our partners and friends bring to this work. Your commitment creates the building blocks and strong foundation needed for folks beginning their reentry journey. As participants take important steps forward and begin to transform their lives – it ripples out across our community, breaking down the cycles of generational poverty, trauma, and addiction.

The impact of transformation is captured so vividly in our outcomes from 2020: 1,075 lives impacted and 690 individuals who avoided homelessness and achieved safety and stability in our transitional and long-term housing. And there are many other wonderful things to celebrate in the attached Impact Report.

While I love taking a moment to celebrate everything we have accomplished together, I also feel a sense of urgency to acknowledge a growing need and those we are not yet able to serve.  We must continue to plan for the future and I am happy to share Sponsors has begun pre-development of a brand-new housing community.  Though I cannot offer more details just yet, I did want you to be the first to know that we are hard at work laying the foundation to build more housing!

I hope you enjoy our Spring Edition of Transformation Happens Here Newsletter and the Impact Report we have prepared.   The numbers reflect the difference your support makes in the lives of the individuals we serve.  Thank you for all you do.  

With much gratitude, Paul

P.S. I want to extend a personal invitation to join us for Sponsors upcoming virtual event! You can find more details on the included invitation.