A message on social change at HHH

Like you, I’ve watched the news, read articles and tried to come to grips with a culture of racial and social injustice that has long existed in our country. As a white man, I can’t imagine walking in the shoes of a black man or woman who experiences blatant racism and unjustified violence -just for being black.

This is why as an organization we have created an inclusive working group to delve deeper.  We will break into small groups and listen to the views of our racially diverse staff. We will explore new culturally sensitive training opportunities for staff, volunteers, and our foster families so that we can address the lasting effects of racism on our community.  

We will continue to listen, learn and do more to promote a culture in which everyone feels that they belong, are respected, and are valued. And most of all, we will integrate a thoughtful understanding of racial awareness into our children’s healing process so they know they are valued equally, regardless of the color of their skin.

Child Abuse does not discriminate. It crosses all socioeconomic, religious and ethnic barriers. The faces of the children served by Helping Hand Home are white, black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American and share a common devastating experience – the deprivation of being kept safe, a lack of education, housing, food, and love. We recognize racism and prejudices often add to the trauma many of our youth have endured from abuse and neglect.

The good news is that Helping Hand Home is about HOPE. Using professional and innovative therapies, we heal the whole child from the inside out. The children grow to believe in their own self-worth. We believe that every child deserves a safe, loving and permanent home.  

There is no place for racism. Not at Helping Hand Home for Children, and not in our community.

Thank you for standing with us and for your ongoing support as we continue to change the lives of children.

Ted Keyser
Executive Director
Helping Hand Home for Children