Our 2013 Annual Report
May 06, 2014
President's Letter as published in the 2013 Annual Report.
Life-changing journeys start with a path. For the past 25 years, that path has been a trail. Skyland Trail.
Journeys that bring about profound change are at the heart of all we do. In 2014, we will celebrate 25 years of change: changing lives, changing families, and changing futures.
Looking back 25 years, I remember opening our doors in May 1989 with just four staff and four clients. Today, nearly 100 compassionate and dedicated professionals help hundreds of adults and their families reconnect with hope and achieve recovery each year.
Looking back just one year, our 2012 annual report outlined several record-breaking accomplishments. In 2013, we pushed the bar even higher. We served more clients than ever before, from all over the country and around the world. New comprehensive psychiatric assessment services, certified peer counseling and an alumni program added exciting new depth and possibilities to our program offerings. Outcomes data –measuring how our clients’ mood, symptoms and skills improve as a result of their hard work in our evidence-based treatment program – continued to climb. And Skyland Trail was awarded our seventh consecutive Joint Commission accreditation, earning a gold seal of approval from the nation’s top evaluator of healthcare organizations.
Looking forward, we are embarking on an exciting period of strategic expansion to meet the changing needs of our clients and community, particularly young adults seeking specialized residential care and individuals with mental illness in need of outpatient primary care services. Your support will be an important part of this effort as we build for the future.
During our first few years of operations, raising funds for a start-up mental health organization was a challenge. We are incredibly thankful that, today, foundations and individuals better understand the tremendous impact they can have on changing lives and helping families by supporting Skyland Trail. Your continued investments in our treatment services, infrastructure and financial aid program lead directly to improved futures for hundreds of clients and their families and a healthier community for us all.
We hope you will join us as we celebrate 25 years of change. You, our generous donors, have helped us thrive. Thank you. We look forward to continuing this journey toward a future full of hope and possibility.
Beth Finnerty is president and CEO of Skyland Trail. The 2013 Annual Report is available online here.