Letter from CEO



Martin Harris, CEO

2017 Annual Campaign – Letter from the CEO

Please Support Webster-Cantrell Hall This Holiday Season

Martin Harris | November 1, 2017

Dear Friends,

Your support of Webster-Cantrell Hall this Holiday Season would be greatly appreciated and valued. WCH provides services to the most vulnerable and at risk infants, children, youth and families in the Great Decatur Community and has done so over the past 100 years. During this vast period of time, many thousands of children and youth have come through our doors to later become contributing members of our community and beyond through their various professions and occupations.

Webster-Cantrell Hall provides services from adoption services of infants and children, to foster care services for children and youth, to residential treatment programs for adolescent boys and girls, family preservation programs, parenting programs, juvenile justice residential programs and outpatient counseling programs. Most of those we serve come from environments where they have been neglected and/or abused. Abuse comes in many forms be it physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse. Most of the 1,500 children and youth we provided service to last year have suffered more trauma in their short lives than most of us will ever suffer in our lifetime. Most of these individuals have no family members involved in their lives and no home to return to after receiving care from Webster-Cantrell Hall. This is most apparent during the Holiday Season where our children remain with their foster families and youth in residential care spend their holidays with us at WCH given the lack of extended family members.

Last year, through the generosity of community members, service clubs, small and large businesses and many congregations of faith over $122,000.00 was raised in an eight week period beginning November 1, 2016 and ending on December 31, 2016. We are asking you to please consider supporting our worthy organization in providing the necessary supports and treatments our service recipients require 365 days a year. Without this support we would have been unable to keep our doors open these 100 years and have responded to the needs of so many. We have set a goal of raising $135,000.00 in support of our organization’s programs in serving our vulnerable populations in the Greater Decatur area and hopefully you shall consider making a donation to Webster-Cantrell Hall. All donations to WCH which is a registered nonprofit organization or 501C3 are tax deductible.

We sincerely thank you for your time and consideration of this very important matter and wish you all the happiest of holidays and health and happiness in the year ahead.
On behalf of Webster-Cantrell Hall.

Yours Sincerely,

Martin Harris

CEO, Webster Cantrell Hall

View this letter as a PDF: 2017 Annual Campaign Letter