Friday, May 31, 2013

29 Years of Unwavering Dedication


Marisa Geitner and Anne Scoppa have known each other for close to two decades. They are proud of Heritage Christian's history -- and look forward to its future.

By Marisa Geitner, president & C.E.O. of Heritage Christian Services

This month we celebrate 29 years as an agency – 29 years of relationships, accomplishments, and advocacy. 

Our numbers have grown, and our properties and programs have expanded. But the real measure of our agency’s success has been its unwavering dedication to the people we support.

At a time when people with developmental disabilities rarely traveled, we took people to Disney World. At a time when people spent their days assembling widgets, taking them apart and reassembling them, we created day programs that offered meaningful activities and opportunities to learn and give back by volunteering. 

In a country that barely recognizes its citizens with disabilities; we’ve been teaching and modeling with each mission trip. Every year, teams of volunteers travel to Guatemala with close to 900 pounds of gifts in their luggage – and love in their hearts for all of God’s children. Last year we sent 250 wheelchairs, along with crutches and walkers, to Hope Haven International for distribution to people in need around the world.

And at a time when Medicaid is changing and funds are shifting? We’re at the table with decision makers and we’re shaping policy.

It’s who we are and who we’ll always be. We have a history to be proud of and a future of innovation to look forward to.

The greater the measure of our accomplishment is the greater the Glory to our Lord.  It is through Him and with Him that this ministry grows.