January 2021

We are beginning a New Year. Many of us are probably glad to see that 2020 is now in the past with its many challenges that COVID 19 has brought to all. You probably hear it every New Year’s—but what does “Auld Lang Syne” mean? The short answer: “Auld Lang Syne” is the title and key phrase of a 1788 Scots poem by Robert Burns, typically sung on New Year’s Eve around the world. The phrase “auld lang syne” literally translates to “old long since,” and basically means, “days gone by”. It is well known in many countries, especially in the English-speaking world. Its traditional use being to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

“Auld Lang Syne” is a work which essentially calls for the preservation of our oldest, dearest friendships; perhaps observed in the reflective quality of New Year’s Eve itself. It’s a time when people come together to recall past joys and sorrows, specifically those spent in each other’s company. t’s a song that elicits feelings of goodwill towards man.

As Auld Lang Syne teaches us, Happy New Year messages should speak to new beginnings and fresh starts, as well as a time of reflection for all of us at Arkay. As we continue through the pandemic. the future is looking brighter for all of us because two companies. Moderna & Pfizer have been approved for Emergency Use Authorization at the FDA for the Covid-19 vaccine to be distributed. It’s my understanding that each of these vaccines has been proven to be effective. This tells us that someday in the future we will get back to normal. Arkay will be moving forward with new plans to accomplish. We had to put some of our planning on hold due to the pandemic. In 2021, Arkay has some great dreams for our consumers, & we look forward to putting them into practice soon.

Again, if you have a loved one who can’t attend in person, Arkay has virtual skill building (VSB) which can assist your loved one. I want to emphasize VSB because it would be so good for your love one to interact & learn with others during this time period. We have a great team who has put together a great curriculum for the people we serve. I really think you would enjoy being part of this program. These sessions have been very welcomed by our participants. Our team is very dedicated to helping our consumers to connect with others using technology. We will soon have the January calendar for VSB

We wish our consumers & staff a positive and successful New Year. Never ever surrender to your problems because they may be amazing opportunities that can take you ahead in life. May you enjoy the coming year with new hope and happiness surrounding you. The start of each new year is a time to reflect on the year just past, and make plans for the future. It holds the promise of new opportunities and the possibility to change our lives for the better. And given how challenging 2020 has been for us all with COVID-19, it feels especially important to express our hopes and dreams for better days ahead in 2021.

Lastly, consider setting aside part of your budget to support the work of Arkay with a tax-deductible charitable donation. We’ve simplified the donation procedure, allowing supporters to donate online or by mail. Visit www.miarkay.org to make a gift using a credit card or send a check to Arkay. Every gift matters. We thank you in advance for responding to this need.

Very Sincerely,

Kevin McGuckin Arkay CEO

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