Habitat's commitment: Be actively anti-racist
“Habitat for Humanity is committed nationally to be part of the solution. Locally, our Habitat Affiliate stands with the Worcester Together Coalition to actively work to end racism and unconscious bias. Starting now, the Board of Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester, Inc. will actively engage with and listen to the experiences of our Black Homeowners, community leaders, staff, volunteers and friends. We will reach out to include more People of Color on our Board because we are stronger when all points of view, all experiences, and all communities join in our mission. We will look for opportunities to support Black-owned businesses. We will repeat these actions until we are making a difference. We will hold Habitat for Humanity, our Board and ourselves accountable for where we go from here. We will do better, because Black Americans deserve that.” – Jessica E. Murphy, Esq., Habitat for Humanity MW/GW, Past Board President
A basic understanding of the role that Federal, State, and Local laws played in the current state of housing and poverty is a critical background for all Habitat employees. All Habitat for Humanity MW/GW staff have watched the video below, Segregated By Design. Moving forward, will be included in onboard training for new hires.
In light of recent events and the ongoing challenge of systemic racism in our country, new attention is being brought to Juneteenth.
Juneteenth, a blend of the words June and nineteenth, honors the end of slavery in the United States. Celebrated on June 19, it marks the day in 1865 that Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger of the Union Army landed in Galveston, Texas, and informed slaves there that the Civil War had ended and slavery was abolished.
To honor the historic pain caused by, and lives lost to racial inequity, from this point on Habitat for Humanity MW/GW will offer all employees a “paid volunteer day” to celebrate Juneteenth. We are asking staff to use this opportunity to learn, connect, and participate in community action surrounding social and racial injustice.