Surrey: A Community that Cares
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
When I started studying French in high school, my sister Cathy gave me a copy of The Little Prince (in French) to begin my education in that language. What I took away from reading that book was less about the language than about the quote above, which has stuck with me these past four decades.
My belief in the essence of that quote is renewed every time I reflect upon the impact that Surrey has on so many people throughout the year, and the changes that result in people’s lives on such a personal level. My heart is filled with gladness when I hear member and volunteer stories of how Surrey makes a difference in their lives.
During a series of Open Houses recently, Surrey members shared stories of how exercise, encouragement, and companionship gave them the framework to come back to our centers each week, sometimes recovering from a surgery and sometimes pushing away loneliness.
Volunteers shared how giving of their own time gave so much more back to them. Their lives are enriched by meeting new people, having more people who are important in their lives and having an important purpose to the work that they do.
Our members and volunteers give one another that precious gift of heart -- that which is essential -- and the result is a thriving community of people who care about one another.
Barbara J. Fentress
President and CEO