Wellspring is guided by the vision of a just society where every member of our community thrives. We are an innovative and welcoming learning environment where people push beyond the limits of their lives to realize success and fulfillment.
Wellspring inspires families and adults on the North Shore to achieve employment and financial security through stable housing, education, job training and career readiness.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Wellspring House is guided by the vision of a just society where every member of our community thrives. Our mission is to inspire families and adults on the North Shore to achieve employment and financial security through stable housing, education, job training and career readiness.
Wellspring is committed to providing opportunities to people regardless of economic or social status. Therefore, we do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, public assistance, veteran history/military status, genetic information, or disability in providing our services.
We believe it is our responsibility to build and foster a culture of belonging, where diversity, equity and inclusion are intrinsic to who we are and how we operate. We understand that without such a culture, we will not be successful in fulfilling our organizational purpose.
We call all Wellspring staff and board members to embrace and strengthen inclusionary practices from within, knowing that this will radiate outward in our work with others and serve as a strong foundation for outward-facing initiatives.
This document provides the foundation for our DEI endeavors. It serves as a guide to setting objectives, planning, and establishing accountability. Under strong leadership at all levels of the organization, stakeholders will prepare plans and drive action to achieve meaningful outcomes.
Our DEI commitments will be adopted by the board, staff and volunteers to guide the creation of departmental and individual plans with measurable goals and objectives that they own and drive. The objectives stated here may be used in formulating these plans or may be amended, as long as they still support our DEI commitments. We will hold ourselves accountable by measuring our progress toward these objectives.
The focus of our commitments and objectives may shift from year to year as we make measurable progress and respond to the changing needs and challenges of the community we serve. Thus, we will revisit our DEI commitments periodically to ensure that they continue to support our strategic direction and reflect the culture of Wellspring House.
- We will promote and support a culture of belonging, where all are connected to those they work with and respected for their unique experiences, perspectives and contributions; are supported in both their work and professional development; and are proud of the organization’s mission, values and purpose – leading every person to feel responsible for DEI.
- We will seek and attract staff members, board members and volunteers who, based on their background, experience and relationships, can relate to our program participants and donors. Ensure that the diversity of our program participants reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. Identify aspects of diversity that we must match in our staff and volunteers (e.g., language, ethnicity).
- We will seek and attract donors who support the values of DEI within Wellspring’s communities.
- We will ensure transparency and accountability for DEI throughout Wellspring.