This is a difficult time. Our nation is mourning the unwarranted death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The incident, on its own, is heartbreaking and unacceptable. When added to the long history of similar incidents across our country, Mr. Floyd’s death magnifies the undeniable need for change, and our communities are demanding it. In times like these, I seek guidance in my years of Jesuit education, I find myself returning to Ignatian Spirituality and the principle of A Faith that Does Justice. The Gospel calls us to work for the betterment of society—to lift up our marginalized friends, neighbors and strangers. What I saw in Minneapolis and in other instances over the years stands against these closely held beliefs.At Home Instead, one of our core values is to treat each other with dignity and respect. That applies to everyone in the Home Instead family – our colleagues, franchise owners, CAREGivers, the seniors we serve, their loved ones and beyond. We will not condone intolerance, mistreatment or bias. We must work together to encourage open dialogue so every person in our communities will be better at seeing and eliminating racism. Many of us are asking ourselves how we can help and how we can make a difference. For starters, I am having conversations with my team at our global headquarters and will also be addressing this important issue at an upcoming virtual event with our global network. Additionally, we must all speak up when we witness or experience discrimination or injustice. We must also seek out other viewpoints and perspectives. And each of us must do our part to create an environment that includes and welcomes everyone. Across our country, people are crying out for a better, safer society. To get there, we need to be united in the fight for justice and fairness for the black community. This moment in time is our opportunity to come together to be catalysts for change.
Jeff HuberChief Executive Officer Home Instead, Inc.