We envision a connected community where older adults and people with disabilities are valued, nourished and have access to what they need to age with dignity in the setting of their own choice. Store to Door serves consistently marginalized and overlooked populations. In order to better reach these communities we are committed to fostering an inclusive culture that centers them in our intentions, decisions and actions.
In an effort to ensure equitable access and distribution of our services, we will address how to better represent our community in a genuinely inclusive way. We acknowledge that seniors of color with disabilities are three times more likely than their white counterparts to live in poverty and therefore more at risk for hunger, isolation, homelessness and institutionalization. We know that we are underserving these valued community members, which gives more urgency to this work.
We recognize that systemic inequities exist and they create, perpetuate and sustain social injustice. We resolve to dedicate time and acquire the resources needed to develop strategies that address these injustices and further our mission to bring dignity to our clients. Additionally, we commit to actively participate in advancing equity with other organizations that are working to change the root causes and conditions that make our service necessary.
We believe Store to Door’s program and partnership efforts will result in a more inter-connected and accessible community where meaningful multi-generational engagement flourishes.