“I have a dream . . .”

When Martin Luther King evoked these words in front of the Lincoln Memorial, he rallied all of us to realize we need to stop and reach out to others regardless of any differences.

We at Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina are proud that diversity is a key value we embrace. We still have work to do, but we are devoted to doing everything we can to realize the dream Dr. King shared, “I have a dream that . . . children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream that one day . . . little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”

MLK photo and quote on B&GH podiumAt B&GH we recently honored and celebrated Dr. King’s Birthday at our State of the Homes organizational-wide meeting. We shared his inspiration and what his life and service meant to many of us personally. While we recognize February as Black History Month, let us all remember that as someone put it “It’s not just one month. Black History is American History.”

We are grateful for the character demonstrated by our staff and residents who live in the spirit of the dream Martin Luther King articulated. We are proud of our diverse organizational community and the way that all our teams - from Thomas Academy to Community Based Services, from Residential to Administration and all staff at B&GH - live as a family who care for one another and treat one another with respect and dignity and without judgment. As Dr. King put it, “when all of God’s children . . . will be able to join hands.”

We at B&GH have a dream and mission of making futures brighter by being dedicated to providing a comprehensive array of residential and community-based services to meet the needs of vulnerable children by addressing their physical, emotional, social, educational and spiritual development.

It is a mission fueled by the support we receive from our friends. We recognize the importance of meeting the needs of the children and families now before us. That is why we continue to evaluate and evolve the services we offer. It is why we are adding programs like C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope and Carolyn’s Kaleidoscope House. It is why we have a cottage council that brings the thoughts and voices of our children to the program evaluation table.

We continue to draw inspiration from Dr. King’s message of inclusion and respect where the future is made brighter for children, families, and communities.

Gary Faircloth is the President and CEO for Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

 

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