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President Randy Richardson: condemning violence and reaffirming our ongoing commitment to be a great place to work for all employees

June 2, 2020

We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color. - Maya Angelou

Dear Vi Colleagues,

I know the last several months have been a distressing time as we have worked TOGETHER to keep our residents and each other safe during one of the world’s most widespread pandemics. I am very proud and grateful for our Vi family that continues to collaboratively provide support, comfort, and care during these unprecedented times.

On behalf of Vi’s Executive Management Team and Board of Directors, we feel compelled to condemn violence and hate and reaffirm our ongoing commitment to be a great place to work for ALL employees. We remain steadfast in our commitment to cultivating a workplace that promotes equity, and diversity in an environment that sets an example for the greater community, and we stand against racism, systemic injustice, and police brutality.

While I realize there is enormous fear, anxiety and distress associated with the civil unrest, and the pandemic, I must also share the enormous gratitude that I feel and the strength that I derive from knowing that we are a diverse Vi family that shares our core values of respect, integrity, compassion and excellence. We recognize that only by interacting with, and listening to people of all races, backgrounds, ethnicities, sexual orientation, and abilities we can hope to truly understand and appreciate one another. The rich diversity of our culture is a gift from life.

I also know that each of us come to Vi to be a part of something greater to experience the joy and pride of working on a team that can transcend what we could ever accomplish on our own to make a difference in the lives of older adults. I believe it is our culture that makes this all possible—and we do not take this for granted.

We believe that we have an obligation to turn our anguish and sense of helplessness into positive purpose. Towards this objective, Vi will be making contributions to 501c3 philanthropic organizations that champion diversity, equity, and inclusion. In the coming weeks, you will have an opportunity to share feedback in a survey on how to designate Vi’s contributions. While this effort is obviously not a solution to longstanding systemic inequalities and discrimination many of our family members, friends, and team members have faced over the years, we believe it represents a positive step in the march towards a more just society.

I know that we will get through these challenging times and we will emerge stronger. Please continue to leverage Vi’s LifeBalance Program to provide you and your family support during this difficult time.

Respectfully,


Randy