Eva Aguirre, president and CEO of New Danville nonprofit

“TEAMWORK – coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.”   Henry Ford

Dear Friends, Families, and Supporters:

I would like to focus this month’s article on the incredible teams that we are blessed to have here at New Danville.  Teams can be defined as a group of people coming together to fulfill a goal or have a united purpose.  It is that sense of united purpose that keeps all of us, whether staff or volunteers, moving forward for the benefit of those we serve.  

Working alongside our incredible board of directors, our team of management staff tackles the strategic, operational, and fundraising objectives to help us continue to be a successful agency.  Likewise, the heart of our agency is the team of direct support professionals who serve and support our clients.  Their daily commitment to a high level of quality is truly inspirational.  Without them, we would not be able to accomplish our daily “small victories.” Our team of support employees, whether it is program support, landscaping, or maintenance, all make sure that the staff and clients live, learn, work and grow in a safe and beautiful facility. 

Lastly, our dedicated team of volunteers–whether it is a corporate group coming in for a one-day beautification project, those supporting our program areas, or our committed core of volunteers who operate Jazzy Junque six days a week—provide their selfless service that is priceless and leads to our success.  Amongst our volunteers, one was recently nominated as the Houston Texans Community Quarterback Award 2021 recipient.  This is an annual award issued by the Texans football organization for an outstanding volunteer selected from the Greater Houston area.  Although the efforts and accomplishments of this year’s recipient would not have been possible without the support of the entire Jazzy Junque team of volunteers, we are extremely proud of our very own Odette D’Agostino as this year’s award recipient.  Not only has she been recognized for her selfless service, but as an added bonus, New Danville will receive $25,000 from the Houston Texans organization.  

As Helen Keller wrote, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Not a bad way to end the year!



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