Considering Gratitude This Season

November 10, 2022

by Judith Rodman
President & CEO

This time of year often calls upon us to be intentional and vocal about the gratitude we feel. It can be easy to lose sight of that which we are grateful for, especially when this year, as the past few have, has presented a set of unique challenges and obstacles. That’s why I am choosing to find things in my life to express my gratitude about – loud and proud! I hope my doing so will encourage others to consider their gratitude and be expressive about it, too.

As I consider what I am grateful for this year, one of the first things that comes to mind is our supporters – people like you. We could not continue to do the important work we do each and every day without the people who volunteer, donate, follow, and otherwise support Sunflower House.

I am also incredibly grateful for our team. Each person on our staff has a unique value that they bring to the table, and each one helps keep Sunflower House operating. Our team is highly knowledgeable, experienced, and dedicated. Each day can bring a set of challenges that may include remaining calm in a crisis, going out of our way to help a family in need, or navigating secondhand trauma, and our team always faces each challenge head-on with a good attitude. For that I am grateful.

Despite any hardships this year, Sunflower House has continued to thrive, and for that I am also very grateful. We have been awarded prestigious grants, provided forensic interviews and therapy to hundreds of children and families, and had great success at our community and fundraising events this year.

So thank you for your support, thanks to our team for their perseverance, and possibly most importantly, thanks to the children and families who trust us every single day to provide them a safe, neutral environment in which to tell their stories.


About Judith Rodman

Judith (Judi) Rodman is the President and CEO of Sunflower House, the Child Advocacy Center serving Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas. Ms. Rodman has more than 25 years experience in community mental health, family services, therapeutic intervention with children and families, and nonprofit leadership. Ms. Rodman has extensive nonprofit experience in program development and evaluation, staff leadership, and managing state, federal, and private grants.  Read More.



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