PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: 'The Five P's' of Annandale Village

While recently attending the Licensed Professional Counselors Association conference in Savannah, my colleagues and I were asked to describe our respective organizations using only one word. A majority of the one-word descriptions included "stable," "growing" and "exciting." When it came my turn to describe Annandale Village, I chose the word "reach." You may be asking yourself, why I would describe Annandale Village with this word. It is simple.

"Reach" expresses the aspiration of everyone associated with Annandale Village. Our clients reach for a future defined by health, quality, value, self worth, happiness and achievement. Our professional staff reaches to attain every milestone involved in being an organization of excellence in serving adults with developmental disabilities. Our board of trustees and volunteers reach to provide the resources that will elevate Annandale Village to higher levels of performance and prominence.

Being a nationally recognized leader among nonprofit organizations requires vision, outstanding professional talent, volunteers, and leaders, and we are very, very fortunate to have all these resources in place. Each day, we work to achieve our mission to provide progressive life assistance to adults with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries so that they can maximize their abilities and maintain their independence in the least restrictive environment.

Our mission is taken to heart by each member of our Board of Trustees, professional staff and volunteers. We are a remarkable organization in so many ways, but one of our most enduring qualities is that many of us have no personal connection to developmental disabilities, yet we got involved because we saw a need -- we saw an opportunity to make a difference, and we went into service.

The components that describe the "essence" of what lies at the crux of Annandale Village are what I call "The Five Ps." The first P, of course, is passion. Any team that is successful has to have passion for the game and the passion to win. And we have passion here at Annandale Village. Those of you who have contributed to our organization have shown your passion through your generous giving -- of time, financial resources and spirit.

The second P is for persistence. We demonstrate this quality of persistence as we continually evolve our organization into something better and stronger -- something that always seeks new ways to serve adults with developmental disabilities. Along this path, we are bringing new programs and services to increase the quality of service delivery, fundraising capacity and community impact.

The third P is for perseverance because we're not satisfied with the status quo. We have both new staff at Annandale Village, and some of us who have been here for a long time, and we persevere. We have what I believe are the deepest committed and most hard working professionals in the industry.

The fourth P is for perfection. In Dr. Steven Covey's book, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People," you will discover that highly effective people don't strive for perfection; they strive for excellence. We're not perfect, but we are committed, and we are working very hard, and we are striving for excellence every single day in what we do.

And, in order to do that, the final P is critical to our organization: partnership. It's a partnership of our staff, our clients and their families, our volunteers, and generous donors working together to leave no stone unturned in helping those in which are so blessed to be able to serve.

Adam Pomeranz is Chief Executive Officer of Annandale Village. To learn more about Annandale Village go to www.annandalevillage.org.