As an organization that fully embraces the diversity of our community as one of our greatest strengths, WestMass ElderCare acknowledges and is deeply saddened by the senseless death of George Floyd, and too many other acts of violence and inequality Black individuals have endured recently, over the past decades and throughout the history of our country.
These events clearly illustrate that racism and oppression are still present in our country, and contribute to many other profound economic impacts, health care disparities, and social inequities that further harm the African American, Latinx, Asian American, indigenous and other non-white older adults and persons with disabilities that we serve.
We are proud of our history of serving our community’s most vulnerable residents, most recently during COVID-19 and over the last 45 years, including older adults, caregivers and persons with disabilities from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. We also know that we have much work to do to address the insidious effects of systemic racism on our community and country. We are committed to not being silent, and instead to being part of a peaceful solution.
WMEC will continue to work within our workplace and with our communities, to embrace diversity and to stand against the legacy of systemic bias, racism and unequal treatment of any person, no matter their race, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, nationality, sexual orientation or gender identity. WMEC believes that everyone is created equal and is committed to ensuring and that all people receive the opportunity to pursue our nation’s foundational principles, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
This is a time to renew our support for social equity and equal justice, and to listen carefully to the diverse voices and experiences of older adults, persons with disabilities, caregivers and our staff.
We will do this by examining our own privileges and their impact on our words and actions and redoubling our commitment to provide a work environment and service to our community, which prioritize safety, dignity, and equality for all. Just as with COVID-19, we are all in this together, as an agency, as a community and as a nation.