June 3, 2020
CEO Ken Craft Speaks Out About Civil Unrest
Dear Friend of the Mission,
Every day at Hope of the Valley, by our actions, we speak up for the marginalized, mistreated and overlooked in our community which are disproportionately people of color. Stories of despair, racial prejudice and poverty are common themes. We see the effects of social injustice daily. The killing of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin, and allowed by other officers, was not only disturbing it was reprehensible. The horrific image of a man, a black man, crying out to breathe has created a visual image that I hope NEVER leaves our minds, motivations and conversations.
While I might not understand the journey of a person of color in America, I stand with them, Hope of the Valley stands with them and we stand against all police brutality and unnecessary force. I believe that all men are created equal by their creator and therefore black lives DO matter! We have a moral obligation to love and protect our neighbor!
Unfortunately, there are bad cops, but not all cops are bad. There are white racists, but not all white people are racists. As an organization that works closely with LAPD I have seen firsthand their strategic efforts to become a more racially diverse unit with ongoing diversity training and community engagement. They have come a long way since 1992, but WE ALL have a long way to go to rid ourselves of social bias and prejudice. Now more than ever we must seek to truly understand, value and support one another especially those who may not look like us. We must put UNITED back into the United States of America.
As a white man, I have undoubtedly experienced privilege in this life. As the Founder of a Rescue Mission I talk to people every day that started life at an extreme disadvantage enduring immeasurable suffering, trauma and pain. None of us can change the color of our skin or the circumstances of our birth or upbringing. No one should apologize for their skin pigmentation or past, but, as a society, we MUST be mindful of the ugliest of all sins, pride. The arrogance to think that somehow one group of people is better than another or less deserving than another is destructive and evil. God help us for not speaking up for our brothers and sisters who have been unfairly mistreated and persecuted.
As a Rescue Mission, we will continue to love and serve all people equally and pray for racial healing and social justice in our country and community. Our hearts and prayers go out to George Floyd’s family. As an agency we will continue to fight for equality.
If you have never watched this 5 minute video titled: Life of Privilege Explained, please take a moment and watch it….it changed my life and perspective giving me a whole new appreciation for others who have truly been less fortunate than me…I hope the video will do the same for you as we work together to level this playing field called life.
Help us provide hope for the homeless, hungry and hurting during this crisis.
March 17, 2020
Friends of the Mission–
I expect many of you are feeling the impact of the current crisis caused by Covid-19. We see the disruption it has caused for the families of our staff and volunteers and the impact it has on our homeless brothers and sisters. As you are preparing to wait out this storm, we ask that you remember us. Our teams are working tirelessly to provide support and housing to the men, women and children without shelter in our community.
In addition to our family shelters and youth shelter, right now we are housing nearly 140 more people at our emergency shelter. It is now open 24/7 due to the weather and current outbreak. At this time, there are no known cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission’s Administration office, our shelters, or any of our satellite locations. However, as I look across the cots in our emergency shelter I see many men and women advancing in age, their immune systems ravaged by their time on the streets. The impact this may have on this community is unthinkable. Hope of the Valley is their safety net. It’s the only place many of them can turn to.Our staff and resources are being stretched. We need your help today.
We ask that you pray for our teams and the men, women and children that we serve.
We also ask that you give. We have responded to this outbreak by extending our services to help more people. But we can’t do it without you. Please consider making a special gift to help us meet this crisis head on.
Thank you for your support and prayers during this challenging time for our guests, residents, volunteers and staff. Together we can provide hope and dignity for our neighbors facing homelessness and poverty.
Until every person goes to bed full and safe,