How Are You Feeling?
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How Are You Feeling?

Dear Friends,

Like many of you, we are processing what is happening on the Eastside, in Seattle, and across the nation. We are deeply concerned that in our community and our country, there are places where people are not treated equally; that systemic racism exists in our communities. Perhaps you are sharing my feelings of anger, shame, grief?

More than 45% of those we serve are women of color. Many are mothers and grandmothers. I cannot fathom having a conversation with my children about how to respond to a police officer when they are confronted. It breaks my heart that every day, mothers must have this discussion with their sons. As an organization, we stand together to protect the rights of everyone regardless of the color of their skin. We will make our shelters trusted, safe places for all – clients, staff, donors, and volunteers. We will not be silent. Together with you, we will work to make lasting changes that benefit everyone in the community.

How do you feel about what is currently happening in our country? What actions have you taken or do you plan to take? Do you have resources to share with us to help us end systemic racism?

Your voice is important to me. Please feel free to reach out and share your thoughts,

With respect, gratitude, and courage for a better future,

Alisa Chatinsky
Executive Director