An Open Letter from HOBY’s CEO

by Javier La Fianza

What a difference a week can make.  Our whole world has literally changed over the course of a few days and who knows what is yet to come?

I don’t mind sharing, like so many across the country and around the world, I am afraid and worried; for my family and friends, my health, our economy, HOBY and more.  Do I have enough food to last if things get worse?  What happens if someone I love gets sick and I cannot get to them?  Or if I get sick?  How will this impact HOBY, our programs, volunteers and Ambassadors?  How can I help?  Rarely in my life have I felt so powerless.  Perhaps you share some of those feelings. 

And yet, I know this will pass.  At some point, the spread will slow down, people will be tested and treated and life will return to some semblance of normalcy.  I don’t know when, but it will happen.

In the meantime, I have hope and gratitude as well.  Gratitude for the outstanding work HOBY staff and volunteers continue to do.  For the support of an active Board and creativity of people.  Grateful for the doctors and nurses and other frontline health care professionals who are truly making a difference.

And yes, I have hope.  Hope things will get better soon, the virus will be contained and we all get on with our lives.  Hope in our volunteers whose commitment to delivering inspiring programs this summer is unwavering as we work through new and innovative ways to provide HOBY experiences.  And hope we come together as a community and a country, take care of one another and help each other through these difficult times.

Let’s continue to practice patience, love and respect for one another.  Reach out to someone if you need support, or even if you don’t.  You never know, you could be doing them and yourself a huge favor. 

“Today I choose to live with gratitude for the love that fills my heart, the peace that rests within my spirit, and the voice of hope that says all things are possible.” –  Anonymous