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At Miriam’s Kitchen, we are committed to integrating a diverse set of perspectives and experiences into all aspects of our work – with our guests, with each other, and with the broader community. We believe that our work to end chronic homelessness must be informed by the historic and cultural context that has defined our city over generations. Racism, classism, and other forms of oppression are ingrained in the laws and institutions governing and serving people experiencing chronic homelessness. We ground our work in this context to honor the full experience of the people we serve, ensure we are not adding to the problem, and to breakdown these barriers wherever possible.
Additionally, Miriam’s Kitchen strives to create a sense of belonging for all who enter our doors. We are committed to treating all individuals – guests, employees, volunteers, and visitors – with dignity and respect. We believe incorporating the diversity each person offers (e.g. cultural background, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities and disabilities, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, thoughts, beliefs, values, political affiliations, and housing status, and lived experiences) makes MK stronger. Through our behaviors, our language, and our humility, we strive to create and maintain an environment in which all people feel comfortable, safe and welcome to be who they are – privately or publicly.
What we believe:
Diversity is a commitment to acknowledging, understanding, respecting, valuing, and encouraging the unique characteristics and differences that each individual brings to our organization. Diversity speaks to the whole person and encompasses a broad range of differences, including but not limited to various cultural backgrounds, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, family situation, physical abilities and disabilities, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, thoughts, beliefs, values, political affiliations, and housing status. We recognize that categories of difference are not fixed, and we respect an individual’s right to identify as they choose. A diverse workplace promotes open dialogue, personal strengths, and professional growth. We are committed to continual learning that fosters inclusion, tolerance and respect and value diversity in all its forms