As we work toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to live, a world of equity and inclusion, our strength lies in celebrating, representing, and valuing our differences — and in coming together with the communities we serve to build a better world.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central and imperative for Habitat for Humanity. We believe in a world where everyone — no matter who we are or where we come from — deserves a decent place to live. And we recognize that to create this world, our work must always break down barriers, bring people of all backgrounds together, and generate equity, respect, and lasting change.
In the tradition of the radical inclusivity that infused our birthplace Koinonia Farm, Habitat’s leaders have committed to creating an environment where humility, open communication, dialogue, and listening are our standard. As a place where people of all races, all faiths or no faiths, and all backgrounds come together in a common cause, we also commit to being actively anti-racist.
“Habitat for Humanity-Spokane is committed to the work and efforts that prioritize justice and equity. We will remain steadfast in that commitment to our partner families, neighborhoods, and the greater Spokane community.”
– Michelle Girardot, Habitat for Humanity-Spokane CEO
In our dedication to diversity, we celebrate, represent and value the differences of those we work with and serve in Spokane. In our drive for equity, we create processes and practices that ensure everyone involved gets what they need to achieve greater access and fairness in treatment and outcomes. And in our practice of inclusion, we commit to seeing and hearing all those we work with and serve by including the voices and needs of our diverse workforce, communities and residents to build hope and transform lives.
Ethics and safeguarding
Habitat is measured not just by the number of families we serve, but by the integrity and quality with which we serve them.
We respect and safeguard the rights and dignities of all people and protect our staff, volunteers, the families with whom we partner, and community members from any form of harm, exploitation, or abuse. We treat all individuals fairly.
While much has been done, so much more work remains. This will never be a world of equality, of fairness, and of human decency that leaves no room for poverty, prejudice or violence, unless we build it.
Making homeownership accessible and affordable for families is a critical component in creating that world. The need for our hands, voices, prayers, and active participation is greater than ever.
“Diversity, equity, and inclusion is cascaded throughout our organizational strategy and its implementation through the work that we do and the communities we serve. This concept of building the Beloved Community is very well-aligned with the work of equity within a diverse and inclusive context.”
– Natosha Reid Rice, Habitat for Humanity International, Vice President, Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer