Oregon Department of Human Services Director's Message
December 24, 2009 DHS Director's messages on the web
To: All DHS employees
From: Bruce Goldberg, M.D., director
A little brighter
"Tomorrow is the solstice, the shortest day of the year. From Friday on, every day will be a little longer, a little brighter. Today, this week, this season, I celebrate you for being part of a team that believes our efforts can make a difference - that light follows darkness. That tomorrow will be better because of our efforts."
~Bryan Johnston in a message to staff 12/21/07
This is the second year in a row I have used Bryan's quote to mark my winter message. During the long dark days of December I often think of this sentiment and the importance of this idea.

I truly believe that tomorrow will be better because of the efforts we all make every day for the people and families in our state.

The human needs we continuously see are so great that sometimes it can seem as if it is impossible to help everyone. Last month we marked another double digit increase in need for SNAP/food stamps and TANF. Demand for health care and long-term care also continues to rise. There are too many children living in poverty or with abuse, too many families with few places to turn.

And in Oregon, during this holiday time, it is important that we also consider the families who are separated by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. At DHS many parents, spouses, and families are anxious and worried as they think about their loved ones away. We pause to remember those who need extra comfort during this time.

If there are people in our DHS family who want to share the names of your loved ones in the military who are serving our country today, I invite you to send me their names and addresses by replying to this e-mail. I will then share them with all our staff - so those who would like, can help you brighten their days by letting them know they are remembered and respected.

Light does follow darkness. As our state continues to struggle under a bad economy, I know that eventually things will get better. And I hope that someday soon peace will come for all of us. Until then we are here at DHS, doing our part to make things better and brighter for the people that we serve and those who serve us.

Thank you for all you do each and every day.

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