Executive Director Message

Executive Director Message – November 2017

Sarah Clapp and Palmer

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
William Arthur Ward

Gratitude . . . joy . . . blessings.

Common Days are indeed transformed into Gratitude Days when I observe the trust and confidence of clients as they train with their guide dogs.  Graduation is Saturday, November 18 at 12:00noon, here at the campus.  Please join us!

Radiant joy is what I see on the faces of our clients, as they describe how their guide dog is already making them feel more confident and independent.  I think the staff would agree with me that when watching the miracle of the bond between the guide dog and its visually impaired partner, it's anything but routine.

And on a daily basis, Guide Dogs of the Desert is blessed by you – our generous friends, donors, volunteers.  Your participation, support, energy, prayers, enthusiasm is what turns Common Days into Gratitude Days, that ensures our jobs are joyous, and your gifts of time, treasure and talent transforms lives for greater independence, mobility, companionship.  As a recent graduate exclaimed, "I refuse to let the lack of sight keep me from living my life."

On behalf of the Guide Dogs of the Desert Board of Trustees and staff, Thank You for giving us so much to be thankful for this holiday season.  Our heartfelt best wishes to you for a Grateful, Joyous, Blessed Thanksgiving.

Sarah Clapp
Executive Director

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