I guess that that particular salutation is appropriate on more than one level, given that we are "breaking up."
I have a pretty good vocabulary, but words fail me when I attempt to convey my deep appreciation for your help. During the holiday season you gave E____ and me the greatest gift one can bestow on another...hope. We felt lost and beleaguered, set upon by what we felt would be the first of many debt collection wolves who would pick us clean for the rest of our lives. E_____'s finding you was serendipitous; your calm reassurance and competence gave us the hope that there was a way out of our difficulties that would give us a life and allow us to move on. I cannot ever thank you enough for that.
You would be surprised what kind of connections one makes, even out here in the sticks. Now that I am in a high-level position, I am suddenly and regularly finding myself in meetings with politicians, police chiefs, and all manner of other people from all over the state, including Salem. Our program is state-funded, so I will have plenty of contact with folks out your way. Believe me, they will hear your name whenever I can get a chance to work it into a conversation.
You can always feel free to use my name as a consumer reference. I would be happy to endorse you as a counselor that anyone with problems like ours would be fortunate to have on their side.
E_____ has been giving debt collectors your name and the calls have slowed down. She may be consulting you for further advice on what to do in her situation.
I wish you all the best going forward, John, and I hope that you can realize, even in a small way, how very much you have helped us.