I often think about the talented, hard-working, dedicated folks who work for the agencies we fund. Many of you have worked your entire careers as nonprofit workers in similar conditions. You are heroes in my eyes.
Although what you do is important, it is equally important to take time every now and then and get away from your work to refresh your mind and spirit. Dedicated folks like you can develop compassion fatigue and burnout and either quit or do your job without feeling or passion. Everyone loses when this happens.
Front line workers, supervisors and management should be nurtured, appreciated and supported. If we don’t take the time to do this, these dedicated care providers will become physical and mental health clients rather than providers.