Reflecting on the 2023 Year of Resilience

Reflecting on the 2023 Year of Resilience and Looking Forward with Hope

Michele Hein FFCF chairwoman

As the year’s final days draw near and the festive lights of Christmas sparkle, we at the Fentanyl Free Communities Foundation find ourselves in a moment of introspection and gratitude. I, Michele Hein, along with my colleague Paul Ostrow, would like to reach out to our community during this season of reflection and share our thoughts as we look back on the year’s journey.

A Year of Challenges and Triumphs

The past year has been both challenging and rewarding. We have witnessed the devastating impact of the fentanyl crisis, which has touched many lives and families. Yet, amidst the adversity, there have been triumphs—moments where the resilience of the human spirit shone through. Our commitment to education and awareness has never wavered, and through collective effort, we have made significant strides in policy reform.

The Gift of Community and Support

As we gather with loved ones this Christmas, we are reminded of the incredible support that has bolstered our efforts. Every story shared, every volunteer hour contributed, and every donation made has been a testament to the power of community. Your support has been the cornerstone of our progress, and we are deeply thankful for every gesture that has helped us move forward.

Embracing the Future with Renewed Resolve

We are filled with hope and determination as we stand on the cusp of a new year. Our vision for a future free from the dangers of fentanyl is clear, and we are steadfast in our mission. The path ahead is one we will walk together, and we invite you to join us in our continued efforts.

A Time of Transition and Continued Dedication

We are also on the brink of a significant transition. Paul Ostrow, Chairman of the Fentanyl Free Communities Policy Board, will be entering retirement. His dedication and expertise have been invaluable, and in retirement, he will focus even more intently on our policy initiatives, ensuring that our advocacy continues to make an impact.

Gratitude and Wishes for the Holiday Season

As we send this message, we want to express our deepest gratitude to you—our volunteers, supporters, and partners. Your commitment has been the driving force behind every success we have achieved.

This holiday season, we wish you the joy of togetherness, the comfort of home, and the warmth of love. May the Christmas star guide us towards unity and peace, and may the new year bring health, happiness, and progress in our shared goals.

Thank you for participating in our journey. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your families.

With heartfelt appreciation,

Michele Hein
Chairwoman, Fentanyl Free Communities Foundation

Paul Ostrow
Chairman, Fentanyl Free Communities

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