2020. Happy New Year!

The 20s are back in full force. A brand new decade. The new year represents a fresh start and beginning. We greet the year, facing a clean and blank slate, full of possibilities and promise ahead.

Even though January is almost over, we invite you to take a moment before fully loading up your calendar and the digital map of what comprises your life.

Welcome to 2020

Before we dig in deep and tackle that plan for this year of our lives, we invite you to take pause and reevaluate. Slow down. Take a look around yourself and see what’s happening. Wisdom says we should live our lives in deep accord with nature. It’s cold. The water is still. Now is an excellent time to take inventory, reassess, and reevaluate.

What matters most in life? What is important to us, and how shall we craft our year to reflect that?

At this time, we typically launch into goal setting, and it’s incredibly important to be realistic about what we want to accomplish. The year 2020 is no different. Many historians say we face the same social struggles that we had a century ago. The dark side of the 1920s was marked by a divided government, shattered American values, unemployment, poverty, and homelessness. Most of us long for a new era of “normalcy.” What’s important is that we, as a society, hold on and anchor ourselves in the work that matters. And make our days count.

Instead of being overwhelmed by the daunting tasks ahead, we encourage you to choose the advocacy closest to your heart. Felton Institute is one of the oldest non-profit agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving a wide array of underserved communities. From children to young families to the homeless, individuals with disabilitiesthe elderly, and those at risk for suicide. Find a cause that moves you. And craft a goal around that one cause, to feed your soul and know you have made a difference in someone’s life.

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This month, please consider a contribution to Felton Institute for its programs.

Read how Felton’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) transformed Roger Truskonoff’s life, your contribution can help someone begin this new decade with resources and renewed purpose.

Donating is easy! To give, visit felton.org/donate, it’s quick and easy.

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About Felton Institute: Founded in 1889, Felton Institute responds to human needs by providing cutting edge, evidence-based mental health and social services that transform lives. Felton Institute is a tax-exempt organization registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit under EIN 94-1156530.

Offering more than 50 acclaimed and honored programs that address homelessness, mental health, prenatal, adolescent, adult and senior needs, Felton Institute provides services in San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Marin, and Monterey counties.

Felton is named for its social services pioneer and executive director Dr. Katharine “Kitty” Felton who was called the ”conscience of San Francisco” and was committed to ensuring that children and families in crisis have access to social services and resources in order to help them build upon their inherent strengths and develop self-sufficiency. www.felton.org