Smiling faces make you happy, and good news makes you feel better

Eva Aguirre, president and CEO of New Danville nonprofit

“Smiling faces make you happy, and good news makes you feel better.”  Proverbs 15:30

Dear Friends, Families, and Supporters:

As I was searching for an appropriate quote to introduce my message of “good news,” I came upon the above from Proverbs as the perfect introduction.

New Danville is full of smiling faces. The daily joy, laughter, and raucous energy is intoxicating and uplifting. It is truly joyous to see more and more of our Wranglers returning to the program, as well as several new faces that have come on board. 

And now for the good news: With the worst of COVID in the rearview mirror, life at New Danville is returning to normal.  Gone are the days of extreme social distancing and canceled community outings.  Not to say that we have thrown caution to the wind, we continue to implement smart safety and personal hygiene practices, but at least we have begun to introduce more community-based activities and events.  One exciting new activity during the month of June and July is the introduction of our weekly fishing class.  Thanks to a new relationship with Ranger Oilfield Products, which is located about a mile away, we are able to enjoy their beautiful, fully stocked fish pond for a day of fun.  We are so appreciative of their generosity and support of our Wranglers and our program.  Likewise, we will soon be having a ribbon-cutting ceremony for our new building donated by Charbonneau Industries.  The building will be our new pallet production center.  Thanks to this partnership with Charbonneau Industries, we have been able to employ six of our clients for almost two years.  The value of work can never be underestimated and our new partners are making a world of difference for our agency and our pallet workers.  We’d love to see you at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new production center. (The event announcement is in the “Upcoming Events” section of this newsletter.)

On other program news, the large brown cabin has been turned into a computer lab! Thanks to the generosity of the Madalyn Cooke Foundation we were able to purchase the needed laptops and tablets to kick off this expanded program.  Likewise, the pantry in the cabin that supports our residents has been expanded with more variety, thanks to a new partnership with the Willis TLC Food Pantry.  Our residents in need not only have access to hygiene and cleaning products, but we have been able to add non-perishable foods to help them stretch their food budget.

Lastly, our first-ever golf tournament, Play a Round for the Wranglers, was a huge success.  We are so thankful for all of the hard work of the event committee, and the support of the sponsors, participants, and volunteers.  They truly hit a hole-in-one, netting about $115,000!

Thank you for your continued support.  Stay tuned for more smiling faces and good news.

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”
James Allen


A little over a year ago the world changed.  It changed for all of us, and it changed for New Danville.  The fear of the uncertainty and how it would affect those we serve and our agency at times became overwhelming. 

Knowing what an important role our agency plays in the lives of so many, yet not knowing if it would continue to exist.  And yet, here we are today: standing strong for our clients, our families, and our community.

And so, it is time to return thanks and say “Thank You” to all of you. Thank you to all of you for your emotional support and prayers that gave us the drive to not give up; to all of you that assisted with financial donations that helped us “keep the lights on.”; to all of you that brought care packages to our residents keeping their spirits high; and, to our volunteers at Jazzy Junque that rolled up their sleeves to keep our store open. Thanks to the generosity of our New Danville family and our community, we are beginning to make plans for an even brighter future. 

I look forward to all of you joining us in our journey.

We look forward to keeping all of you informed through our new monthly newsletter.

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