The three organizations featured this year, Inside/Out Youth Services, TESSA and Dreampower Animal Rescue, may not seem to be connected. However, they are three agencies that have gone beyond their basic missions in order to meet emerging needs of their clients and the broader community.
Step into their worlds, if only for the few minutes it takes to read the following pages. Learn what they're doing. Then step outside your comfort zone. Offer to volunteer. Make a financial contribution. Spread the word about these causes, or others that are important to you.
It is our hope that you will use this guide as a starting point for making a difference ... not tomorrow, but today. Kirsten Akens
From health services to a home away from home
by Jill Thomas
Call of duty: When there's no one-stop shop for all your needs, dial 2-1-1
By Amanda Lundgren
TESSA: Not just safe, but self-sufficient
By Colin Stroud