Welcome to the City Hope blog! Many of you have heard us say that we strive to be a place where everyone is welcome, respected, and celebrated. At their core, our values aim to cultivate a sense of belonging for everyone who walks through our doors- whether you are a volunteer, a neighbor, a donor, or a staff member. Cultivating belonging takes many shapes at City Hope. It means looking our guests in the eyes when we welcome them and calling them by name. It’s embracing all levels of experience of volunteers and providing them with training and tools to succeed. It’s intentionally creating an inclusive work space for the entire staff.
We believe that the best way to create an environment of belonging is through listening well and leaning deeply into the stories and experiences of our community. We hope that this blog will be a way to do that on a deeper level outside the walls of City Hope. Each month we will share a story about what we have experienced, have learned and are continuing to learn. We will share community stories, staff interviews, thoughts on issues affecting the neighborhood, and more. We are the first ones to admit that making space for everyone to belong and be known is no easy task. It is something that we are continually striving for even if it is imperfect. We hope that you will join us on this journey and invite you to listen to our community alongside us.