President’s Message

President Joseph Byrum

During this holiday season, on behalf of Ohio Valley Goodwill and our staff team, I wanted to send our very best wishes for your health and safety as well as our hope for a New Year of promise. 2020 was one of the most challenging years in our organization’s history as we know it has been for all of you as well. The impact of the Coronavirus and mandated closures of many of our business lines was financially devastating and our recovery has been difficult. It is thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff team as well as the generous support of the Greater Cincinnati community and our partners that we are on our way to recovery. We are grateful to all for their compassion, commitment and determination to move our mission forward which has been responsible for our continued organizational health. As the New Year approaches, we pray for the renewed health of our country and community and for all of its citizens.

As President and CEO, I also wanted to take this opportunity to recognize and congratulate retiring Superintendent Alice Pavey, Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services, on her leadership and legacy of advocacy which will enable the organization to move confidently into the future. We also welcome new Superintendent Leia Snyder to her new role and look forward to our continued partnership.

During this difficult time of unprecedented challenge, I thought it might helpful to share some of the lines from a well-known poem of inspiration, Desiderata, by Max Ehrmann. I have always found these words to be of comfort.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

By Max Ehrmann © 1927

On behalf of Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries, we wish you peace and joy during this holiday season and hope in the New Year.


Joseph S. Byrum

President and CEO



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