HGF Executive Director Celebrates Ten Years with the Foundation
Congratulations to Executive Director Val Anderson who is celebrating 10 years with HGF. Among numerous other accomplishments, the foundation reached 501(c)3 status, has grown to provide outpatient housing and has greatly increased services to families on the BMTU while under Val's leadership. We asked Val to share with you her reflections on the last ten years of serving patients and families on the BMTU.
Dear HGF Supporters, Volunteers and Friends,
What a joy and honor these past ten years have been. I am immediately overwhelmed with gratitude as I begin to think on all that God has accomplished through HGF during this season. I am so thankful to John and Erin Kiltz, my dearest friends, for entrusting me with their beautiful vision, believing in the foundation they had laid and my ability to build upon it. Their faith in me, in HGF and most of all in God's plan has spurred me on time and time again throughout these past ten years. I am also deeply grateful for our Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Volunteers, Supporters and Friends who partner with me in providing grace in the need of the moment to the precious families we serve. Above all, I'm beyond thankful to God for bringing every dream he planted in the heart of HGF to fruition and fullness.
One of the most enjoyable parts of my job over these years has been cultivating HGF's relationship with Texas Children's Hospital, without whom we would not have this incredible opportunity to serve. As I've met with TCH Social Workers, we've been able to identify and fulfill specific needs for patients and families. Through working with the TCH Child Life Specialists, HGF has collaborated on and implemented activities and opportunities that brighten the days of patients during their long stay on an isolated unit. It has also been a great joy to work with our amazing core of volunteers, many of whom have served with us for years and are so diligent and consistent in their service. This close-knit group encourages me daily.
One of the most exciting parts of serving as Executive Director is dreaming for the future of HGF. As I think on the next few years, I most look forward to finding ways to expand our post-transplant housing, to provide greater assistance to post-transplant families as they re-enter their day-to-day lives and to further our services in the outpatient clinic. We are pursuing the introduction of new facets to our program as well, such as music therapy for patients on the BMTU and college scholarships for former BMTU patients. These ideas and many more keep my wheels turning and heart beating for those we serve.
Thank you all for each and every way you have supported HGF. It is an honor to serve by your side.
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