In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and in celebration of his commitment to racial justice, I am delighted to share updates about MK’s racial equity work, welcome our Advocacy Fellows, and highlight today’s “Day of Service” volunteers.
Racial Equity at MK
Our staff-led Racial Equity Working Group (REWG), created to explore the link between structural racism and chronic homelessness, has become a Miriam’s Kitchen staple. Among other things, the REWG helps our team to examine our bias and privilege, consider how we make decisions, and pursue racial equity across the organization. This past year, we continued our anti-bias curriculum with SPACES and brought back our Anti-Oppression Reading Group (which just finished The Color of Law and Case for Reparations article).
One recent and exciting development was the creation of a new staff position: Racial Equity and Inclusion Manager. Brittney Washington, former Senior Art Therapist and long-time REWG Co-Chair, officially started the position on January 15. Brittney will partner with and support staff to develop and implement best practices related to racial equity throughout every aspect of our work –- from programs to operations to advocacy. Please join us in welcoming Brittney and celebrating this new role!
|Brittney Washington, Racial Equity and Inclusion Manager
Welcome Advocacy Fellows!
We are also thrilled to welcome our Advocacy Fellows: Qaadir El-Amin and Robert Warren. Now in its fourth year, MK’s Advocacy Fellowship is one of many ways we ensure individuals with lived experience are true leaders and partners of our advocacy. Both Qaadir and Robert bring years of experience in advocating for an end to homelessness, and we are so happy to have them on board!
|Qaadir El-Amin, Advocacy Fellow
||Robert Warren, Advocacy Fellow
MLK Day of Service: Volunteer Spotlight
Today’s National Day of Service was created “to empower individuals, strengthen communities, break down barriers, address social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.” Huge thanks to our volunteers who demonstrate these values today and every day. We asked our MLK Day volunteers why they choose to serve:
“Service allows us to gain compassion for and understanding of those to we aspire to serve in our various medical fields. We are so grateful for the invaluable experience Miriam’s Kitchen has provided: the opportunity to make our contribution to ending homelessness and give back to our community.” — Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students, George Washington University
“I love working at Miriam’s Kitchen because of the passion and focus of everyone on the team and the respect and trust between guests and staff…Being able to contribute to that [keeps] me coming back.” — Caroline Pepin-Woods, Tetra Tech