Executive Director's Message

Joe Goepfrich 02-2011 - Cropped under 1 mg

Dear Friends,

There are some guiding principles that are so fundamental to the well-being of our individual lives and are a gateway for the greater good of society that they must be proclaimed in as many ways as possible. 

Over the recent weeks in the United States we have witnessed and heard about horrific displays of brutality, prejudice, and hatred by groups of individuals who believe that intolerance is an acceptable way of life and profess that they hold superiority over certain human beings.

Let me be clear. There is no room for anyone at Child & Family Services of Southwestern Michigan who professes those beliefs. We are an organization that works at empowering individuals to improve the quality of life. That means we are and must always be inclusive and celebrate the diversity of thoughts and experiences that each individual brings to the table.

It is not the intent of this message to analyze or comment on any political speeches, but simply to reiterate that every person in our organization will be treated with full dignity and respect at all times. I am confident our team members embrace that ideal and encourage everyone to live that message at work, at home, and in our communities. We cannot sit in silence and allow the destructiveness of intolerance, injustice, prejudice and hatred to flourish.

I suspect that many of you reading this message experienced a sinking feeling in your heart upon seeing recent events in the United States unfold. My wish is that peace and comfort go out to all who need it now, especially to the families of those injured and to the families of those who lost their lives. Thank you for taking time to consider the importance of this message and for your efforts to embrace actions that will build community through the practice of mutual respect and honoring individual dignity.

 

Sincerely,

Joseph K. Goepfrich, CFRE
Executive Director