Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

-Robert Frost

As the vibrant hues of autumn give way to the tranquil beauty of winter, I warmly welcome you to our Fall & Winter newsletter. With the changing seasons, our community continues to thrive, embracing the cozy joys of winter while celebrating the bountiful harvest of fall. I invite you to embark on this seasonal journey with us and perhaps you too will be inspired to take the road less traveled by.

At Mahala’s Hope, we continue to make steps toward our 2024 goals including our annual fundraiser and our search for an incoming Executive Director. We are pleased to have Sandy Hardie, founder and current Executive Director, remain on staff in a new position focused on community relationships, fundraising, and investigating a recovery housing model.

Thank you for being a part of our journey, and we look forward to sharing the spirit of the season with you.

Rhiannon Diederichs