Share Vancouver’s new mission is to include everyone.
This is clearly stated in the nonprofit’s new mission statement announced on Tuesday.
“It was important that we made a strong statement on equity and inclusion,” Share board director Matthew Lennick said in a press release. “This was a key element that we have talked about throughout and heard in every forum we have had the discussion. “
The new mission statement is the culmination of work that began in 2019. The pandemic has slowed any rush to end in 2020.
“With so many immediate changes needed to staffing and the day-to-day operations of the program, this has been on the back burner for a while,” said Jessica Lightheart, director of community relations for Share. “But Matthew Lennick really paved the way to restart the process.”
The committee solicited feedback – by connecting virtually – from dozens of stakeholders, including clients, staff, volunteers and community members.
And it starts with “Share believes that every person matters”.
“Together, we pursue a stronger community by building relationships, advocating for equitable access to housing and food stability while enabling each individual to grow and thrive,” the mission statement concludes.
“In light of the social and political environment we find ourselves in, we felt it was irresponsible not to reassess our reputation and role in our community,” said Elizabeth Fitzgearld, director of the board. de Share, in a press release. “In doing so, we used intentional language that affirmed our commitment to fairness and in particular called for the resilience of our clients.”
The committee focused on full representation in the process, recognizing that the best way to provide services is to consult with the people they want to serve, so the best way to put the mission into words is to have honest and difficult conversations with these same people.
“This mission is more inclusive, focusing on who, what, why and how,” board director Pat Nuzzo said in a statement. “It takes the whole community and benefits the whole community when everyone counts. “
Share was founded in 1979 with the goal of caring for the homeless and hungry of the greater Vancouver area.
“We are proud of our 40 years of service to our community, but this is another time, another space and we will continue to evolve,” said Amy Reynolds, deputy director of Share.
The mission statement goes hand in hand with Share’s new website (www.sharevancouver.org) which launched in late January.