Throughout the past several months, our world has battled some big challenges – from the COVID-19 health pandemic to the recent events that reflect a long history of social injustice and inequality.
These events have weighed heavily on my heart – and on the hearts of our entire Chartway team. My thoughts are with the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and far too many others who have felt the pain and suffering of discrimination.
I want to be clear on where we stand. Hatred and racism have no home here – they never have, and they never will.
All of us at Chartway stand united in our strong culture of caring, listening, and learning. We have always cared deeply about the people and the communities we serve, and we take our commitment to serving as a trusted partner and making a meaningful impact seriously.
Our country is having important and necessary conversations about how to develop solutions that effectively address longstanding and systemic issues. I hope all organizations and every individual takes the time to learn, listen, understand, and figure out how we can all do our part to take meaningful action that creates change that’s desperately needed.
We certainly are at Chartway – and that time of reflection is vital because there is much work to be done in our hearts, in our homes, and in our communities.
As I’ve shared with our team members throughout the week, our values – particularly our focus on strengthening our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and creating a workplace that can benefit from all backgrounds, viewpoints, and life experiences – have never been more important than right now. We must lean into our strong culture of listening and learning to accelerate that work and be part of the change.
These principles have and will continue to guide us, and we’re more determined than ever to build on our strong foundation to ensure all people are treated equally – and with respect, dignity, integrity, and kindness.
Be well & be kind,