A Message from Roy Marshall, President/CEO of CFGC
Like so many Americans, I’ve spent this week at a loss for how I can play a meaningful part in helping to move our country and culture forward. I am disturbed to my core by the murder of George Floyd and I applaud the peaceful protesters across the country that are shining a brilliant light on our need to acknowledge and finally deal with the decades of racism and inequality that is woven into the fabric of our culture. At CFGC, we stand with those who are striving for a real change, focusing on the humanity in us all and giving voice to the despair and fear that so many feel. We stand with those against racism, injustice, and inequality.
There is a lot of hurt in the world today. While many of us were just hoping to get back to our workplace and our pre-COVID, “normal” lives, the killing of George Floyd reminds us that we need our collective focus to be on something bigger than getting back to normalcy. It’s a wake-up call, that for many, normal has been about living with racism. It’s time to do more than we ever have. Let’s not make this one of those moments in time where we look back and remember the George Floyd protests. Rather, let’s expand this movement to create a new normal which is about the hard work of making the changes we need to put in place to be able to embrace each other and to look for and see the value in each other.
It’s time to listen. It’s time to support both those we know that have suffered from inequality and those we’ve never met. It’s not enough to just be horrified and disturbed. This has to be a turning point where together we look beyond our politics, class, and race and, step by step, move toward embracing our similarities and our humanness. We need this to be the commitment of our lifetime, rather than just a week or two where people protested, tweeted and blogged. This has to be a sustained movement that creates the new normal built on a foundation of seeing and appreciating each other’s value.
We may not see the fruits of our labor today, tomorrow, or even next year, but we are making a difference. Reform and change involve many partners and many solutions, and our role in early learning occupies a very important one. We must continue to work together to use our resources, expertise and caring nature to provide for our clients, while also building up those who lay the foundation for real change. If we continue to invest in our workforce, providing them with the training and support they need, we will make a difference, and we will make a brighter future for our children. A future characterized by hope, justice, and opportunity.
Thank you for all you do for children, families and communities. I know I am enormously grateful to you and the work you do. I hope to see you all again soon in better times, but until then, take care, be safe and support each other.
Our clients are children, youth, and young adults, from infancy to 21 years of age and their families, from diverse backgrounds and circumstances, many of whom are underserved populations, all of whom have either behavioral, emotional, and/or mental health challenges.We positively impact the lives of more than 10,000 children and families yearly, through the provision of mental health therapy services (4,000 annually) and outreach services (6,000). The majority of people served are low-income and face multiple environmental or life problems.
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The Child and Family Guidance Center empowers children and families to achieve health and well-being through innovative mental health services and community programs.
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