Dear Friends,

 

Dr. Seuss was once quoted as saying “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” We often hear variations of this phrase in May and June as we celebrate Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day.

 

These words ring particularly true when I think about  the hundreds of children whom Square One serves every day, and the circumstances that many of them are experiencing – poverty, homelessness, food insecurity, abuse and neglect, to name just a few. Many of our children are coming from situations where the person who means the most to them may not be their mother or their father. It could be a grandparent, aunt, uncle, foster parent or teacher.

 

At the end of the day, what matters most is that every child has that one person they know they can count on. The person who loves them unconditionally; protects them; supports them; and guides them. The person who will prevent them from making mistakes, let them fail when they need to, and point out the teachable moments along the way.

 

I’m so proud of our Square One staff for understanding that parenting comes in many shapes and forms and for recognizing that they are that “one person” to so many of the children we serve.

 

A belated Happy Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day to all!

 

Joan Kagan

President & CEO