I have never been prouder to call this city and this state home, than I am today. In this time – a moment where the entire world is collectively holding its breath as it stares into the void of the unknown – it could be so easy for us all to back away in fear. Three years ago, when I became the President/CEO of Thompson Child & Family Focus (Thompson), I could have never predicted the situation we find ourselves in, nor the earth-shattering support that this community has offered to us in our time of greatest need. There are no better nor more meaningful words to say, besides Thank You.
I have spent the last three years taking every opportunity to speak to the vast issues that lead to the thousands of children and families in our communities that require the life-saving support provided by Thompson. Our team of over 290 stands in the gap for over 5,000 children each year, and our programs impact thousands more. So much of what we do is challenging…so we encourage our communities and cities to stand up with us and change the narrative of life failure that is weighing down those that are the most vulnerable and the most at-risk. All of this was before COVID-19.
Three months ago, our lives all changed. For something so massive to move so quickly, I cannot imagine that there is a single person that has not been affected by this in some significant way. I remember watching as day by day, seemingly hour by hour, as things materialized from marginally significant to world changing. I was so certain that this would only compound for so many in need, and that we HAD to pivot to the impending needs of our community. That is where you stepped in. I am proud to say, that in the weeks and months since this reality hit us, Thompson has not only been able to keep each and every program operational, but we have actually been able to step into the lives of more severely affected children and families than ever before.
We have made partners and friends with individuals, families, companies and organizations that we have never collaborated with before and have found hope and light in those that have committed to stand with us in deeper and larger ways. PNC Bank. Brighthouse Financial. Providence Foundation. Wells Fargo Bank. Bank of America. Merancas Foundation. Technocom Business Systems. Frontier Capital. Amazon Fulfillment. Ally Financial Inc. The Core Training. Avid Xchange. Moore & Van Allen, PLLC. Graystone Consulting. Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC. Charlotte Knights Foundation. Wells Fargo Championship. Truist Bank.
These are just some of the organizations, made up of wonderful people, that made an impact during this time. There were also thousands of individuals that call Charlotte and North Carolina home. Our neighbors, friends, family, parents, siblings, children. You responded to a call to action and gave graciously and generously. Each of you deserve to be spoken by name.