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A Statement from our Board of Directors, Executive Director, and staff:

Our shared natural human behaviors of connection – handshakes, hugs, kindness, and trust – are now turned upside down by the threat of contagious disease and racial injustices. 

As our community’s only multiagency Human Services Center, we are profoundly affected by the injustices in our world. We see it. We hear it. We feel it. We are listening intently, not only with our ears but with our hearts. And we are processing with our minds and doors open. 

We are committed to seeking out ways to be a strong, supportive partner on our community’s journey to learn, heal, and unite. In the context of the Black Lives Matter movement, we want to state beyond question that we care deeply about the lives of our community’s Black individuals, People of Color and diverse ethnicity, and we want to take a more proactive role in being a champion for racial equity within the scope of our mission.

As we move forward, we are committed to: 

  1. Learning about how and what we can do better to build, support, and nourish a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment both on the campus and in the broader community.
  2. Being a place where every employee, volunteer, and client feels safe, protected, and heard on our campus.
  3. Providing a platform for continued, open, and non-judgmental conversations about how to move forward together, even if these conversations are difficult to navigate. 

As a convener of people, passion, and purpose, we will be announcing specific actions and activities that address items 1-3 above in the coming months. 

We are all searching for new ways to find human connection during a global pandemic and so we are humbly taking this time to forge new paths for diversity, equity and inclusion in our everyday practices. 

We hope you will join us in our efforts and include us in yours!


Una manifestación de nuestro Consejo de Administración y personal:

Nuestros más naturales comportamientos humanos que nos conectan (apretones de manos, abrazos, amabilidad y confianza) ahora se ven afectados por la amenaza de enfermedades contagiosas e injusticias raciales.

Como único Centro de Servicios Humanos con múltiples agencias en nuestra comunidad, estamos profundamente afectados por las injusticias en nuestro mundo. Nosotros lo vemos, lo escuchamos, lo sentimos. Estamos escuchando atentamente, no solo con nuestros oídos sino también con nuestros corazones. Y estamos procesando con nuestras mentes y puertas abiertas.

Estamos comprometidos en buscar formas de ser un socio fuerte y solidario en esta travesía que nuestra comunidad vive para aprender, sanar y unirnos. En el contexto del movimiento Black Lives Matter, queremos afirmar que sin lugar a dudas  nos preocupamos profundamente por las vidas de nuestros hermanos negros, las personas de color y etnia diversa en nuestra comunidad, y queremos asumir un papel más proactivo en ser un defensor de la equidad racial dentro del ámbito de nuestra misión.

A medida que avancemos, nos comprometemos a:

  1. Aprender cómo y qué podemos hacer de manera positiva para construir, apoyar y nutrir un entorno más diverso, equitativo e inclusivo tanto en el campus como en la comunidad en general.
  2. Ser un lugar donde cada empleado, voluntario y cliente se sienta seguro, protegido y escuchado en nuestro campus.
  3. Proporcionar una plataforma para conversaciones continuas, abiertas y sin prejuicios sobre cómo avanzar juntos, incluso si estas conversaciones son difíciles de navegar.

Como un conjunto unido que convoca a personas, pasión y propósito, anunciaremos acciones y actividades específicas que aborden los puntos anteriores 1-3 en los próximos meses.

Todos estamos buscando nuevas formas de encontrar una conexión humana durante una pandemia mundial y, por lo tanto, estamos aprovechando humildemente este tiempo para forjar nuevos caminos para la diversidad, la equidad y la inclusión en nuestras prácticas cotidianas.

¡Esperamos que se una a nosotros en nuestros esfuerzos y nos incluya en los suyos!

Charlene Altenhain, Executive Director
Glasser/Schoenbaum Board of Directors and Staff

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