Thankful 2022

The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us and, I must say, I’ve got much to be thankful for. This year, I would like to give a special shout-out to my favorite guy, Darryl. Darryl and I have been together, going on nine years. Relationships are tricky and when adding a disability, I must say my guards were up, but Darryl’s unconditional love and support broke them all down. He has every attribute I was looking for including being hardworking, faith minded and having a heart of gold. Darryl is truly my best friend and I’m proud to call him mine. Love you Magic!


A few of my co-workers would also like to tell you what they’re thankful for:

Donna- Most people when asked what they are thankful for say “their family.”  And I am thankful for mine.  We had loss and health scares during 2022, but we survived and for that I am thankful.

But what I really am thankful for in 2022 is an opportunity given to me.  I was working in an industry where the work/life balance was very lopsided. I am not sure I would even use the word “balance”; it was so one-sided.  So, I made the choice not to renew my contract.  It was scary, I did not have a job lined up and I was looking for a job in a field new to me.

The afternoon before my last day, I still did not have a job.  As I worried about paying my bills, my phone rang.  It was Steve from Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley with a job offer.

On my first day here, I was overwhelmed with the kindness shown to me and so impressed with the opportunities offered to employees.  Something I had not seen in my previous job.

So, for 2022 I am grateful for the opportunity from Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley and for showing me there are some companies that are grateful for their employees.

Alicia- If I could count my blessings and name them one by one, they would be innumerable. The Lord has been good to me! So today, I am thankful for Jesus Christ and all He has done.

Christine-The past few months of life brought trying times due to COVID-19, but these difficult, challenging times gave me even more reasons to be thankful. The COVID illness brushed through my entire family leaving its marks. I am so thankful for the following:

Caring family who pulled together in amazing ways.

Outstanding doctor who bravely prescribed and saved our lives.

Victory in Christ – My faith is the greatest gift of all.

Incredible church members who prayed for my family and me.

Dad – I’m just glad to hold his hand and tell him I love him.

As you see Donna, Alicia, Christine, and I have much to be thankful for. Life can be challenging, but you must remember to count your blessings no matter how big or small. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what you’re thankful for. May your reflections bring you hope for steadiness, peace, and blessings to come. Happy Thanksgiving!

3 comments on “Thankful 2022

  1. Jerome Haney on

    In spite of having to attend Committal Services for my two eldest siblings, just four months apart; I too give thanks with a grateful heart. I am thankful that the division that I work in here at GESMV, is up and running as it is suppose to, with a new Team Facilitator/Case Manager.

  2. Jennifer Kendall - HEART on

    Happy Holidays Everyone! I am so appreciative to be able to help so many on their journeys to improve their lives but I also see that our employees help each other as well regardless of their position. I want to encourage everyone to realize that you make such a difference, not only to your coworkers but our consumers as well, and it all starts with a smile and a listening ear! Take care everyone, starting with yourselves!


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