Life's journey takes each of us on a separate path through the experiences and challenges that make us who we are. Some have the resources required to make the journey unassisted. Others need help. Some needs are temporary. Others are long term. At various times in our lives, many of us may need a helping hand to overcome the obstacles we face. The paths we take through life may vary, and the chosen destinations may differ. All of us, though, seek a satisfying lives for ourselves and our loved ones. The challenges we encounter along the way may be unexpected. Often we are not prepared to respond. And sometimes we make decisions based on insufficient or faulty information. What seems to be a good choice can turn out to be a dead end. But now, we've used up valuable resources without getting one step closer to our destination. A stranger may offer a helping hand along the way. Sometimes, this one act may be enough to get us back on track. At other times, we may need more assistance. Scarce resources and changing conditions may make it impossible to move on. When the challenges increase, and issues become more complex, only a coordinated effort can address our needs. Serving those in need is both the calling and career of today's human services professionals. They understand how to solve such problems and know how to navigate the network of human services organizations, and the services each can provide. They can leverage all available resources to develop potential solutions to the challenges and issues we may face. They make a difference.