As we are all still processing the events across the nation in the wake of George Floyd’s death, your leadership team wants to express that we share in the grief and outrage felt by the country. Our hearts are heavy as we grapple with the recent tragic deaths of not only Mr. Floyd, but also Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Atrocities like this remind us all of our collective responsibility to put an end to racism, inequalities, and disparities; and to champion efforts that protect human dignity, promote diversity and inclusion, and call us to appreciate our shared journey as friends, neighbors and fellow citizens. We support the peaceful protests that have occurred throughout our community, state, and the nation. There is much work to be done and it will require all of us.

As an organization focused on strengthening the foundations of community, we fully embrace that responsibility and are committed to continuing the critical work to address these systemic issues together: fighting to end racism, unequal treatment, and bigotry. Today and every day, we stand with our African American brothers and sisters and all affected by injustice. You are seen. You are heard. When members of our community hurt, we all hurt. Our commitment towards supporting human rights, justice and equality for all marginalized groups is fundamental to who we are as an organization.

Guided by our mission, “To put Christian Principles into practice through programs that build healthy, spirit, mind and body FOR ALL” and core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, we will never cease our efforts to be part of the solution. Let us continue to work together to create an equitable community where EVERYONE can learn, grow and thrive. How we welcome those who are different from us, how we build common ground together, and how we stand for the rights of all individuals—regardless of race, gender, age, orientation, cultural background, ethnicity, and faith—ensures everyone has the ability to reach their full potential with dignity.

We stand for inclusion. We believe in a world where everyone belongs. We reject racism, injustice, discrimination, and any marginalization that stands in the way.

For a better us.

June 3, 2020