Fall 2016 News from the Orchard / Annual Report
From The President:
Often I write about what is currently happening at Sipe’s and believe there is a lot to be excited about. From time to time it’s good to look back and examine the journey. I was recently reminded what things were like for non-profits after the recession in 2008.
Many non-profits, individuals, and families were struggling. Programs, sometimes entire organizations, were closing. Sipe’s had to close a few programs and resources were scarce. I read the board minutes, talked to the members and staff that were here at the time. Everyone agreed that this was a hard time for us and the future was uncertain.
Due to the commitment of staff, board members and a community that would continue to support Sipe’s, we weathered the storm. Today, we are in the process of renovating two facilities in order to expand our teen program. The work is about 25% complete. We hope to finish early next year. Also I want you to know that Sipe’s will remain debt-free as we complete the renovations and begin new programs. We believe that this is important and want supporters to know that their gifts are being used to serve youth.
It’s been a long time since we could say that all of our facilities on campus are being fully utilized and we are close to this accomplishment.
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