Thursday, November 12, 2020

Bonds that Endure the Test of Time


We are so grateful that the Guzzos are part of our CCA family. They supported us through thick and thin, because our community is always there for them, too. Read what they have to say about the challenge this year has brought to all, and how CCA rose to the occasion for them and others. 

"Our 26-year relationship with CCA began in 1994 when we attended our first of 22 Retreats. Old bonds are maintained and new ones are made at each Retreat. This year’s "Hope Is Not Canceled" Virtual Retreat was no exception! The connections before, during, and after it were needed and appreciated by us more than ever because of the lockdowns due to COVID-19.

The usual flurry of social media activity leading up to the Virtual Retreat: 1. Helped squelch our disappointment at not getting to physically be together with our CCA family and 2. Gave us something to eagerly anticipate during an otherwise dark time for our nation. 

Our family’s preparation along with Harlena Morton to host the Group Meet-up was a time of reflecting on previous Meet-ups and joining together to have the best possible Virtual Meet-Up. The Zoom meetings in preparation for my moderating the Virtual Symposium IEP session was a time of cohesion with presenters to get accurate information out to other families.

Seeing our CCA family virtually during the symposium sessions, group meet ups, presentations, dinner dance, and breakfast gave us some normalcy during the 4 days during which we should have been together with our CCA family. Virtual Retreat follow-up activities continued contact with our CCA family."

How has CCA given your family hope and strength this year?

"Our family’s faith in CCA’s mission being carried out by a minimal staff and an army of volunteers who are committed to CCA and each other was proven during this pandemic. The Hope Is Not Canceled theme of the 2020 Virtual Retreat showcases CCA’s strength—the ability to remain relevant regardless of the circumstances!"

Donate today to our month-long #GivingTuesday fundraiser filled with gratitude. 

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