This Thursday, January 6, marks the one-year anniversary of the brazen attack on our Capitol as Electoral College votes were being counted to confirm the president of our nation. The scenes of hatred, divisiveness, violence, and rioting within the very halls of government were shocking to say the least. In the end, democracy prevailed but the aftermath left five people dead and hundreds more injured.

As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Violence is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.” Our communities are suffering, not only due to violence but because of the pandemic as well.

As a leader of an organization that serves the most vulnerable, I call on each of you to work towards unity and not divisiveness. We as a community need to heal and channel our collective energies in that direction.

Let’s work to make our aspirations for complete physical, mental and social wellbeing a reality not only for us but for those we serve.  Our mission is one of caring, healing, teaching and serving all and we must remain true to that mission.

As this new year begins, let’s commit to caring for ourselves, our loved ones and the communities that count on us every day for care.

James Jackson, CEO