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Message from the Executive Director

June 2020

Dear Friends,

We at Harbor Regional Center are so very sad to see the terrible and tragic results of racism in our nation during the past week…and I know we all share in feeling the pain and outrage of this epidemic that has afflicted our nation since its inception, but most intensely and acutely in the past week.

We have in the last few months shared the struggle of living in a pandemic, and of working with our clients, families and service providers to remain safe and healthy, and to continue to support our clients’ development in new ways as we are forced to remain apart. And our hearts break together anew as we now struggle with feelings of anger, disappointment, and even hopelessness.

“Racism in America is like dust in the air. It seems invisible — even if you’re choking on it — until you let the sun in. Then you see it’s everywhere. As long as we keep shining that light, we have a chance of cleaning it wherever it lands.” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

We want you to know that we love and stand together with our community… the people that we serve with developmental disabilities and their families, and our greater community as a whole. We support all efforts to end discrimination…based on ethnicity, language, disability, gender or sexual orientation. We, the Harbor Regional Center community, are all interconnected, and we are all in this together.

All of us will take a moment today and in the days to come….to reflect upon the impact of hatred, however it manifests, on ourselves, our community, and our world.

“So I hope that you also feel hopeful, even as you may feel angry, because you have the power to make things better,” Barack Obama.

May we together feel heartened by an awakening in our community to bring positive change. Our regional center and our staff remain committed to look inward, to determine what we can do as a center, as individuals and as allies, to make a positive impact for our families, and our community. This will include listening, asking questions, and being culturally sensitive to experiences different from our own. We will be guided by love and respect, and a shared commitment to empowerment and inclusion for all.

We are not powerless. Change starts with us and we can be part of the solution. We are not powerless. We can begin by committing to always treating everyone with respect and dignity and modeling the way forward. We are not powerless. We at HRC will start by recommitting ourselves to fostering empowerment, advancing inclusion, and being a partner in lifelong support for the people we serve and their families.

Please take care, stay safe.
Patricia Del Monico
Executive Director