Dear Friends of Crisis Connections,
We have been deeply saddened and disturbed by the events that have been happening across the country in recent weeks. As you know, our organization has proudly been serving the community, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, or ability to pay for 56 years. This strong commitment to supporting people in crisis and to offering hope to those who are in any kind of crisis compels us to acknowledge, speak up and to call out the crisis that is systemic racism. The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery (among many others), are added to a huge list of those who have suffered from institutional racism, unconscious bias and inequity throughout our nation’s history. We denounce the violence that has occurred against Black Americans and other people of color in America.
Earlier this year, we relocated our offices to new locations in downtown Seattle and Renton. These moves have unintentionally brought us to the epicenter of the recent demonstrations. We are proud of our teams for their deep commitment to keep the lines open to offer support to our community in its most difficult moments, even when they may have been worried about their own safety.
Our staff and volunteers came to ensure that the lines were answered. Some took Ubers and Lyfts to get here, some took calls from home. This is part of us living up to our commitments to be here for you, through this crisis, to stand in solidarity with our community in calling for meaningful and sustained change.