A Legacy of Service
"You were one of the angels God sent to protect me. I will never forget your face and how safe I felt when you came for me."
Special Note of Thanks from Jim Legaz
To my fellow supporters and advocates for children: This will be the last opportunity I have to thank you for your past partnership and to encourage your ongoing support for children and families being served by Catholic Community Services with the support of the Association for Catholic Childhood. Effective August 31st, 2015 I will officially be retired after 46 years with the agency. During my time as the Director of Family and Children’s services, I have had the privilege of serving children and families through CCS’ Foster Care Program, Adoption Services and Pregnancy Support Services programs.
- A young man Jim encountered as a four year old in Foster Care
As I prepare to retire, bulging file cabinets full of client stories bring a flood of memories. I have been humbled, privileged and honored that so many have allowed me to share in their hopes and struggles and joys. From children in foster care and their parents, to women in crisis pregnancies, to couples struggling to build a stable and loving environment, these families allowed me to share in their journey – some very deeply. It is profoundly moving and humbling to know that one person can make a significant difference in the life of another. How rewarding to be able to do that for a living for 46 years! I am so very grateful for these memories and the opportunity to have worked so closely with these families.
I have appreciated your generosity and your partnership as you have joined CCS and ACC’s efforts to serve the children and families in our community. Without your generosity and partnership, we would have accomplished precious little over the years. I ask that you would show your continued support for ACC, so that together we can continue to change the lives of children and families in our sacred care.
Deirdre Brownlow is the Office Coordinator for ACC and writes about current weekly events here at the organization.