Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW) believes that all persons should be treated equitably with dignity and respect. Solidarity drives our commitment to our community, clients, and employees.
At CCFW, we have a rich history of welcoming, serving, employing, and engaging people from all walks of life. Our commitment to caring for and honoring the most marginalized in our society is embedded into the DNA of our organization. We got our start when a small group of women recognized and responded to the needs of the poor in their community. Then in the 1970s, we started our journey as a refugee resettlement agency when we recognized and responded to the needs of refugees from the Vietnam War. This expansion was soon followed by our immigration work focusing on the reunification of families. Our commitment to recognizing and responding to the needs of the most vulnerable among us has shaped our agency into what it is today.
At the heart of all our work is the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to fully participate in society and live out their God-given gifts and talents, which is why the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (grounded by our Catholic Social Teaching) are central to our identity.
The foundational principles of Catholic Social Teaching, which began our work more than a century ago, also serve as the basis for our continued diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING
Life and Dignity of the Human Person
We are person-centered and respect and uphold the dignity of each individual and family we serve, honoring their unique needs, struggles, strengths, barriers, and goals for the future.
Call to Family, Community, and Participation
We are an active voice in the national conversation on poverty and engage key leaders, decision-makers, policymakers, and researchers with our mission. We use the work we are doing to share our best practices and advocate for legislative change.
Rights and Responsibilities
We believe that everyone has the right to live a dignified life with access to basic necessities and we address the individual, structural, and environmental barriers keeping people in poverty.
Preferential Option for the Poor
We believe the poor have the moral claim on the conscience of a nation and hold true to Matthew 25: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’”
The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
We help our clients find meaningful employment and purpose, provide on-site services to employees at local businesses, address barriers to vocation and employment, and emphasize the importance of increasing access to living-wage employment.
We meet people where they are – all people. The circumstances that bring people to our door can be isolating. We provide a support system and build a relationship with those we serve.
Care for God’s Creation
We practice being good stewards of our resources and are committed to caring for and celebrating all of God’s beautiful and diverse creation.
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