A February Thank You!
Dear Daystar Friends,
I have the privilege to introduce myself and share with you my own Daystar story. A story that began over 12 years ago on Sissy's couch in her counseling office and continues today as I have the honor to serve as the new Director of Development.
My parents divorced 12 years ago when I was in 8th grade, and my mom quickly scheduled appointments for me and my sisters at Daystar- this is the first in a long list of things I will thank my mom for for the rest of my life. I will never forget the first time we came to Daystar. It was dark and cold outside and counseling was the last thing on our middle school & high school minds. We went to the old Daystar offices in Green Hills and when we walked inside you could immediately feel the warmth. It may not have been the adorable yellow house we have today, but it was the same smell of spice tea, sweet dogs and smiling faces that greeted us and put us at ease. These are some of my favorite things about working here...the familiarity and tradition that make people feel like they are at home even years later.
I have been in several different roles at Daystar. I went from individual counseling to group counseling to camper to camp leader to volunteer to development. But the role where I learned the most was in group counseling. I was surrounded by incredible girls who came from different walks of life, and who opened my eyes to see things I had never seen before. They showed me pain, redemption, love, comfort, joy and most importantly gave me hope when my perfect world was falling apart. It wasn't until I left Nashville for college that it actually hit me...not all cities have a Daystar! And I quickly realized how much I missed it and how easily I could take it for granted.
It is an honor to work here every day. This unique place helps people in unique ways. I had no idea when I started coming here in 2001 the journey God intended for me at Daystar would lead to this position, but I am extremely blessed and thankful for the relationships and challenges that come with it. It is a privilege for me to help offer hope to our community... the same hope that was offered to me 12 years ago.
Thank you for your support and for allowing us to continue to offer hope to all of the families at Daystar, past, present & future.