Dear CMSS Community,
Today, I write with a heavy heart and a deep desire for change. The senseless killing of George Floyd, another black man whose life was tragically stolen from him, has brought an eruption of civil unrest and calls for justice in this country. At CMSS, we have always condemned racism and hate, and today, we do so more strongly than ever. We know that anguish, anger, and frustration are coursing through the veins of millions of black Americans. We can and will do more to listen to, learn from, and support our black neighbors, residents, team members, community members, and friends.
CMSS affirms the value of each individual by treating him or her with dignity and respect—no matter their skin color. Dignity and respect are at the foundation of our existence, and we’ll continue to be advocates for older adults everywhere while engaging in dialogue with people of color about how we can do more to confront racism.
We call on everyone in our network to commit to being part of the solution. Please do what you can to promote acceptance, anti-racism, and allyship amongst your family, friends, and coworkers. We recommit CMSS to these principles and understand that actions speak far louder than words.
The state of the country may leave you angry and confused, and it should, but remember that it is always darkest before the dawn. Our community, our city, and our country will come out stronger if we can all work together toward a future where everyone is safe and where everyone can expect more good days.
President & CEO
Chicago Methodist Senior Services