President’s Message: Long-term Sustainability

By Steve Bissonnette, President

Events of this past year have challenged even the strongest and most independent of us in ways never expected or experienced before. VISTE is extremely grateful for all the community support and volunteers that made it possible to continue providing essential services without interruption. We are also taking this opportunity to turn our attention forward, more committed than ever to continue meeting the needs of our growing elderly population today, and for years to come. To that end, our Board and staff are embarking on a strategic planning process with an eye toward long-term sustainability. What seeds of hope can we plant today to ensure ongoing services are available for the next generation of VISTE clients? Stay tuned for more in future newsletters.

In this issue of News & Views Lisa Marquette introduces the idea of Legacy Giving as one way to plant a seed for the future. In addition to annual giving, which is critical to VISTE’s year-to-year operations, Legacy gifts are important because they help sustain VISTE over the long-term. I invite you to check out Lisa’s article below to learn more about how you can help secure ongoing care and hope for our elderly neighbors in need.

Since National Volunteer Appreciation Week takes place in April, we are also taking this opportunity to express appreciation to hundreds of volunteers who provide services to, and maintain social connections with, our elderly clients. Please join us in celebrating our many volunteers throughout this month. Additionally, we’ll be recognizing and honoring a few individuals for their extraordinary service beginning with only the fourth recipient of the President’s Award, JoAnn Schirm. See Kristen Water’s article below for more volunteer information. Thank you very much!



Steve Bissonnette, President

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