Published on June 24, 2020

To Our Lourie Center Supporters, Friends, and Families

It is a difficult and painful time in our country, community, organization, and in our homes.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the tragic killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are grievous examples of the impact of systemic racism and social injustice that remains present today and differentially impact our African American community as we as people of color.

The Lourie Center stands together with our community in condemning any abuse – passive or active, emotional or physical – of any person. The Lourie Center affirms the sanctity of the human family and every member of that family, regardless of background and circumstances.

The Lourie Center exists to promote the social and emotional development of young children and families, especially those with inequitable access to care. Our shared work is centered on the importance of establishing safety through relationships – both physical and emotional – as the basis for all human (child and adult) growth through the lifespan. Racial violence and structural injustice are a violation of our deeply help mission.

At this unprecedented time, we reaffirm our commitment to protecting the safety and well-being of every infant and young child – and every family.

We also recognize the opportunity to prioritize equity within The Lourie Center, in our teams and leadership, as well as more actively collaborate with partner foundations and community organizations to overcome all levels of racial inequity.

Together, we will engage in new conversations and strategic development focused on equity. We will listen, reflect, and most importantly, act. We will act in unison, to make the world safe for every Lourie Center child and family and for all children and families throughout our society.

Take good care, of one and all,

Jimmy Venza, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Executive Director

Marcel Wright, MBA
Board Chair

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