A Note from the CEO
We often talk about the ways in which Catholic Social Services helps people in our community. Over the past few months, we’ve all seen and heard about the ways our community has come together in the wake of tragedy and adversity. In fact, the word “community” has been used so pervasively of late that I’ve been giving some thought to what it really means.
In simplest terms, a community can be a geographic area or a group of people who have something in common. But when we talk about our Greater Dayton community, I believe we’re talking about something that transcends the ordinary. In the wake of the Memorial Day tornadoes, we’ve seen the true heart of a community that reflects the best of humankind. Individuals, families, and organizations set aside our many differences to come together as one “body,” with each member putting forth their own gifts in service of others.
Our community is more than a place. It’s more than a group of individuals who happen to live in the same area. Our community is, in its own way, a FAMILY. We may disagree at times. But when the chips are down, we know in our hearts that we must stand up for one another. Be there for one another. Have faith in one another. Love one another.
It’s in that spirit that I, on behalf of our board members, staff, and volunteers, want you to know how blessed we feel to be part of this community. We sincerely thank you for your support, your heart for our mission, and your presence in our community.
Laura J. Roesch, CEO
Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
— Romans 12:4-5 NIV