Dear Friends,

This is the time of year when many of us make New Year’s resolutions, thinking about a fresh start as we flip the calendar and look forward. We resolve to exercise more, to eat foods that are better for us, to read more, to be more involved in parish life. In other words, we resolve to improve our health, both physical and spiritual.

Frontliners responding to the call of duty after Hurricane Harvey while providing emotional and spiritual care.

For me, this brings to mind IOCC’s work to improve the health of those in need worldwide. It’s something we do all year round, and many of the projects you generously support address health issues in one way or another, directly or indirectly. Improved health can be the first step toward better overall quality of life. Training healthcare workers in Ethiopia, Lebanon, and Jordan; clearing out flooded homes to prevent mold; supporting churches and families in growing fresh produce for their tables and for market; providing glasses and hearing aids to children who need them; offering spiritual and emotional care after disasters—all these efforts help make better health available to more people, one person and one household at a time.

In Christ,

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Constantine M. Triantafilou
Executive Director & CEO

P.S. I’d like to share with you some other recent stories from around the world:
Year-Round Gardens Mean Better Health
After the Storms
Moving Freely with New Independence