December 17, 2017


Helen Lima and friend

Noun 1. anniversary –

the date on which an event occurred in some previous year (or the celebration of it).

The word anniversary itself refers to something that is recognized once a year. Though we’ve all probably used it for shorter recognition periods (six month anniversary of being hired into a job, two month anniversary of a new relationship, etc.). However, the key aspect to and ‘anniversary’ is that attachment of meaning to a period of time. We then ‘recognize’ that meaning with celebration, reflection, remembrances, etc. Anniversaries appear to be universal.

We find it humbling to recognize that the year 2004 holds not only our 25th anniversary, but the 15th anniversary of Tiananmen Square, the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the 50th anniversary of the U.N. Declaration on Human Rights, the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and apropos to nothing other than the passage of time….the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s first recording!

We are sure that there are many other significant anniversaries being celebrated this year. Events from the past that carry with them today lessons worth re-learning, remembering or teaching to others.

We at Housing Rights, Inc. are taking the opportunity that this year of celebration affords us (25 years is nothing to sneeze at!) to honor our past, celebrate our present and invest in our future! Last year, during year 24, we were just as committed as we are this year, in year 25. We expect that we will be as committed next year (year 26) as this year. However, by taking the time to reflect we can also take the time to appreciate one of the core truths of our work. We cannot do it alone. We are also taking this opportunity to ‘bring new people’ into our team by demonstrating the importance of our work.

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