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FROM THE DESK OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – MARCH 2012

From my office window, as I am writing this, a stage is being assembled for a SXSW concert. Downtown is a different scene this week. Many of the year-round “regulars” stay away from downtown and businesses close for spring break. They are replaced by flocks of young to old folks carrying guitars, drums, and SXSW badges; some are crossing the street just below my window. Upstairs at St. David’s, church halls of worship become concert halls and there is excitement in the air. There is still much work to be done for those of us who are keeping our regular schedules, only with more people needing services and traffic at a stand-still.

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From the Desk of the Executive Director – September 2011

iritIt is with a humble and grateful heart that I approach the writing of this fall letter. What a deep blessing it has been serving at the helm of Trinity Center! This unique organization brings me, daily, closer to God and teaches me unconditional love and gratefulness for the plenty that I am blessed with. What I appreciate most about Trinity Center is that though having a

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FROM THE DESK OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – APRIL 2011

We are very excited about launching this new, and much upgraded, web site for you and for the community at large. It feels like we caught up with the present time of cyber communication. Being on Facebook, blogging, our website connected to other service providers and funders we are now where a good organization is expected to be in this time and age. Special thanks go to Maria Huemmer, Meghann Ziler, Jennifer Stayton, and Diane Holloway for getting us here.

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FROM THE DESK OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – JANUARY 2011

The end of a calendar year and my first year in the role of the Executive Director of Trinity Center and I am in love with this very unique place. Trinity Center offers volunteers, staff and the people we serve, our neighbors, the opportunity to awaken spiritually by practicing the path of love and service.  Trinity Center is a true manifestation of a road that was pointed to us by the spiritual teachers of all traditions and is best summarized in the commandment to “Love thy neighbor”.  While breaking our hearts open daily, we are blessed to be in the presence of Jesus-like and Buddha-like beings who serve for the sake of service and create a community of equals in an otherwise world of hierarchy that separates the haves from the haves not and the powerful and the powerless. “No one is free until everyone is free” is a quote from Martin Luther King that comes to mind as I am writing this letter on Martin Luther King’s day. The neighbors that we serve who suffer from abject poverty, who are homeless and don’t have access to basic needs that most of us take for granted, are not free. By feeding, assisting, and mostly by respecting and loving all, we are playing a small part, our part, in making this a better world and for this opportunity we are immensely blessed. The mottos that guide me in my work are “love everyone, serve everyone, and remember God”, by one of my spiritual teachers, Neem Karoli Baba, and “Be the change that you want to see in the world”, the famous instruction given to us by Mahatma Ghandi. Granted, we often fall short of these big aspirations, yet our commitment is deep and our attempt is sincere.

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