Amistad was built 46 years ago on the humble beginnings of a promise made by friends seated at the small table in Mrs. Lucy Acosta's kitchen to support the impoverished in our community by providing a reliable means of transportation to doctor's appointments. This vision took hold and has grown exponentially. Since 1976, Amistad staff and supporters have helped the elderly, persons-at-risk and persons with disabilities lead rewarding lives. We are advocates and service providers for the most vulnerable members of our community, always mindful that each client deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. Today, Amistad is a vibrant bridge to health and well being for tens of thousands in communities across West Texas, affording the opportunity to live a dignified and meaningful life.
Amistad has devoted valuable resources to evaluate our history and current place in today's evolving, challenging environment. We, alongside other El Paso non-profits whose mission related to the provision of social services, face significant fiscal challenges due to Border dynamics and the global pandemic. We reviewed our approach to social services and devised a focused plan to maintain critical services in the future. We charged ourselves with developing a robust strategic plan to serve as our guide to mission fulfillment over the next five years. In doing so, we looked inward at our own needs and aspirations to deliver the created products and outward for opportunities of significant impact and growth, understanding that we are all partners in forging positive change.
Through the dedication of our passionate staff, our Board of Directors, community partners, donors, and volunteers, Amistad continues to impact the lives of thousands every day. Every partnership, donation, and volunteer hour allow us to serve our clients and all in the community who need the helping and healing hand of a friend. After all, Amistad means friendship, and we thank you for the opportunity to wrap our wings around those who need us the most.