From Goldie B. Floberg President/CEO
John Pingo, Ph.D. BCBA-D

Pivot. To rotate, turn, revolve…as if on the central point, pin, or shaft on which a mechanism turns or oscillates. Sometimes I think of the Goldie B. Floberg Center as a big machine. A machine made to empower and enrich the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. A machine where every part is essential in supporting the next. A machine constantly pivoting to address the needs of the people we serve and the ever changing challenges of the world around us.

The mechanisms are a complex system of the parts, all working together or they cannot work at all. These mechanisms are our hard working staff who come in every day, despite the additional risks the pandemic presents. Staff who continue to find new and creative ways to make days cut off from community and friends fun and enriching. They are the wonderful people we serve who have faced heartbreaking isolation and disruptions to their lives as we work to protect them from the pandemic, but keep smiling and achieving their goals. They are the families who believe in us and trust our ability to keep their loved ones safe.

The pin that holds the mechanisms together is you.

Field volunteers

Field volunteers and their fall cleanup

The continuous pivots of 2020 have been a test of the strength of the pins and mechanisms of our agency as well as those of our society. The seemingly constant turns of this year are enough to shear even the strongest hardened steel at its base. We could not have made it through this without the financial support of our donors, and the outreach of volunteers, like Keller Williams Signature Realty and Field. You carry a huge weight in your role for this machine I am thankful for the strength of the pin and mechanisms sound enough to withstand every pivot our agency has made this year.

Turning to adapt the ways we work and provide services relies on the strength of the pins that hold us together. You are our strength. You are those critical pins on which we have been able to pivot to meet the challenges of our time.