Crossnore Communities for Children is a non-profit child welfare organization supporting children and families in crisis across western North Carolina. Crossnore Communities for Children is committed to providing a sanctuary of hope and healing by offering a holistic approach to treatment.
Standing in their communities for over 100 years, we acknowledge those aspects of our organization that reflected bias and exclusion. We exist to be a sanctuary for children and their families, we acknowledge that exclusion, lack of diversity, inequities, and racism destroy sanctuary.
We recognize that this is all of our responsibility and we commit to embodying the following principles as our foundation to be a more inclusive community while creating value in a system that sets us apart.
We affirm the lived experiences of our community members and its impact on our mission. We commit to being an authentic partner and being thoughtful in our asks within the community.We commit to engaging with our community members in culturally relevant ways. We will aim to be a reciprocal partner in the communities we sit in.
We affirm freedom of expression, thought and opinion of each person. We commit to nonviolent exchange and promote open expression of individuality and diversity within each interaction.
We affirm that we will be a mutually supportive partner within our community. We commit to collaborating with organizations and donors whose mission is interconnected to our own. We will respectfully challenge resources/opportunities that may be detrimental to the work that we are doing or add to its complexity. (ie: donor wishes/perceptions/hard conversations).
We reject prejudice and discrimintation of all forms, including those based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status. It is our responsibility to eliminate bias and exclusion within each interaction and amplify our understanding by way of education, training and exposure.
We pledge our commitment to the Crossnore community by acknowledgement of these principles within each interaction.