February Greetings from Executive Director Edward Amey
Happy Leap Year February!
Love is in the air! With the celebration of Valentine’s Day, we are reminded that “love,” is at the core of our mission here at Jay Nolan Community Services. We are committed to ensuring every individual is empowered, included, and embraced, by enabling individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities to live fulfilling lives as members of the community by providing support services customized to their individual needs.
Love is a complex emotion, and the motivator of many noble, beautiful and sacrificial acts. It is an interesting that the ancient Greeks had seven words for love to try and express its complexity and power! There is Eros, the romantic and passionate love; There is Pragma, long-standing love – a mature realistic love developed over time within a couple’s relationship; There is Philautia, love of the self (both the healthy and unhealthy varieties); There is Philia, a deep friendship love, it involves loyalty and respect; There is Ludus, a playful love often seen in children, which can coexist with Philia for a friend; There is Storge, the love between parents and their children; and then there is Agape, the selfless unconditional love for others.
As you can see from the point of view of our ancient Greek friends, love is multifaceted and powerful. But, you can also see how the love and commitment Jay Nolan employees have for the individuals we serve, and in turn the love they have for their support staff opens up the possibilities for accomplishment, success and fulfilling lives. It is through Philia, Agape and teaching healthy Philautia that we are changing the world, “one circle of support,” at a time. We are committed to lovingly supporting each and every individual in their own pursuit of happiness.
As artist Henri Matisse so powerfully declares; “He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices; he is free and nothing holds him back.”
We believe that in a community of inclusion, where all members have the opportunity to be loved and to love, this next decade is going to be amazing!
Edward Amey, MS
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