|The current economy and an uncertain economic future make these particularly challenging times for many people. That's why this year Thanksgiving Day is such a poignant reminder of the importance of friends, family and social supports.
As we plan our various Thanksgiving events this year, let's remember what this occasion is about - appreciating the good in our lives, sharing what we have with others, and being an active part of a caring community.
And as our work here at DHS demonstrates, this department is indeed a community of caring individuals. You work here because you want to help others. What you do every day makes a huge difference for so many people in our state.
I know the workload is increasing and the growing need for help seems overwhelming. But if there is any silver lining to be found in these uncertain economic times it is that the unprecedented need for a social safety net and a healthy Oregon is giving so many people a better understanding and appreciation of the importance of the work we do, and of the need to support it. There also is hope that early next year we will receive much-needed assistance from our federal partners to increase our ability to serve the growing number of people in need.
These tough times make this Thanksgiving a particularly good opportunity to pause, focus on what gives you joy in life, and reach out to others who may be alone. Stay in touch, keep communications open and keep your personal social support network strong. You need to take care of yourselves just as much as you care for others in your life and for our clients.
Thank you for who you are and for your many contributions. I'm grateful to work with such dedicated people as yourselves. Your focus on improving the health and well-being of Oregonians continues to be an inspiration to me and many others. These are extraordinary times, but with each other's help we'll get through them.