Henry Ford once famously said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, examples of collaboration abound. Over the last year, we’ve all lived through history, and while none of us would choose to relive the pandemic, there is a silver lining to be found in the ingenuity and collaboration that have made recovery possible.
Take for example the speed at which Oklahoma has rolled out a massive vaccination effort. Thanks to federal and state leaders and partnerships with local health care service providers, vaccines are widely available in Oklahoma, even as other states are still in early immunization phases. Because of the widespread availability and adoption of Covid-19 vaccines, we may well get our summer back this year.
Collaboration has long been a part of our mission at The CARE Center, but the last year has certainly strengthened partnerships, as we’ve all worked through unprecedented challenges together.
Because of our relationships with law enforcement, we’ve been able to help root out child abuse at a time when kids were largely out of reach to teachers and others who have historically been prime reporters of suspected abuse.
We’ve spent the last year growing our partnerships, and we feel stronger and more prepared to meet the challenges of the next phase of recovery in new and collaborative ways.
The CARE Center’s partners include a wide variety of law enforcement and social services organizations. We proudly work with Oklahoma City Police Department, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the YWCA, CCAN/PSB and many other fantastic organizations dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
These organizations train together, gather information and evidence together, and commiserate and collaborate on a level that is truly impressive. We have great respect for the work they do as individual units, and we are truly inspired by the work they do as a cohesive team of advocates dedicated to fighting child abuse.
If working together is success, we’re there. There’s much to do, but we’ll do it together, and that kind of collaboration is worth celebrating.
After all, “teamwork makes the dream work,” according to John Maxwell, or as we like to say at The CARE Center, “collaboration is king.”