On behalf of Crossroads Safehouse staff, we would like to express our condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and to the thousands of individuals in the Black community who have dealt with discrimination simply because of the color of their skin. We are deeply saddened by the violence, and we support the thousands of peaceful protesters across the nation and around the globe demanding an end to racial discrimination and police brutality.
For 40 years, we have worked to end domestic violence and interpersonal abuse while providing emergency housing and other services to all victims, regardless of race, age, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, immigration status, income, gender identity, or disability. We understand that systemic racism and the manifestation through discrimination and injustice arises from biases and prejudices which are deeply embedded in our public safety, criminal justice, and economic systems.
The work of bringing to fruition the American ideals of justice and equality for all our citizens rests on each of us and on every one of our institutions. At Crossroads, we can do better by recognizing our shortfalls and continuing to be actively involved in improving our staff and volunteer training. We will engage in hard conversations and focus on improving our service delivery, particularly to persons of color who need our assistance. This is our pledge to the community, and we ask that you hold us accountable.
We see you, we hear you, and we stand with you.