Heights and Hills believes that we cannot accomplish our core mission of supporting older adults and their caregivers without addressing the discrimination that so many of our clients have faced throughout their lives.
As each of us age, we do so as unique individuals with backgrounds and experiences that both enrich our lives and shape the challenges that we face.
Many of the people we work with have experienced multiple and repeated traumas over their lifespan from racism, sexism, xenophobia, and homophobia. As a result of these and other forms of discrimination, those we support often have, over their lifetime, had inadequate access to health care, struggled with food insecurity, and faced mental health issues.
This means that the institutional discrimination faced by Black, Brown, AAPI, and LGBTQ+ individuals will or has already made their later years more difficult. These challenges are compounded with age as our clients face additional stresses including reduced or limited income, a need for greater access to health care, and ageism.
For these reasons, Heights and Hills is committed to addressing the inequalities embedded in our society. We do this by ensuring that our services are delivered in an equitable manner to mitigate the impact of racism and we follow more inclusive hiring and employment practices.
We also strive to have a Board of Directors and staff that reflects the diversity of our community.
Equality and justice is not a single community’s fight – it is everyone’s.
You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there.