I want to acknowledge the sadness and horror we feel at the brutal killing of George Floyd. Mr. Floyd’s death, along with the highly visible deaths of others, is one more painful reminder that racism is something we must all continue to work to confront, challenge and change. I cannot speak for those who have experienced overt or subtle racism, but we know that it is real and directly impacts a huge percentage of our population. That is not to say that most people in law enforcement or any other profession act in racist ways. They do not. But we know that racism shows up in every institution and profession.
Price Hill is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Cincinnati—racially and ethnically. I am proud of Santa Maria’s work in Price Hill for the past 54 years, as our community has become more integrated racially and ethnically, of bringing people together, people from all professions and walks of life, and aligning our goals to strengthen families and improve the community. We will continue to do so. But may it be with renewed and increasing empathy and energy as we tackle the challenges before us.
At a time when our country is once again faced with great pain and division, Santa Maria is rallying around the families we serve in order to bring some stability and reassurance to their lives. As we continue to navigate troubled waters during this pandemic and civil unrest, I wanted to update you on how Santa Maria is continuing to serve our families
Governor DeWine has asked companies to continue to work remotely if they are able. As such, Santa Maria's offices remain closed, but our team continues to work remotely, scheduling virtual meetings and using porch drop-offs and other means of contact to stay connected with families we serve. If Santa Maria employees must come into contact with others, we are practicing all applicable social distancing precautions such as wearing masks, and staying at least six feet apart. We are actively developing plans to safely and carefully reopen the public spaces in our offices, using all the guidelines from the City, State of Ohio and the Centers for Disease Control.
The safety of our program participants and staff is of the utmost importance. Furthermore, we have an unshakable commitment to the families we serve. For the last two months, you, our friends and supporters, have been by our side generously helping us continue serving the community during these challenging circumstances and
we thank you for your unwavering commitment
We invite you to read our
2019 Impact Report
so you can see exactly how your support is helping families in need.
While undoubtedly more challenging times ahead, we know that with your help we will be able to continue on this journey of helping families help themselves. Thank you for your generous support!
H.A. Musser, Jr.
President and CEO