Beloved Community was founded to build bridges between those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those who are neurotypical. Using collaborative art projects, volunteer efforts, and civic actions, we encourage people from all walks of life to join together.
Why? Because Beloved Community believes each one of us is enriched by friendship and association with those both like and unlike us. A rich, fully functional society not only has room for every individual, it requires the participation of each one of us.
The name "Beloved Community" comes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who envisioned a society based on justice, equal opportunity and love of one's fellow human beings, a society in which all are embraced and none discriminated against.
Statement of Solidarity
At Beloved Community, we believe that every person has the right to an equitable life, including the right to live in a community where everyone belongs. Equity, inclusion and diversity are at the core of the work we practice every day.
As advocates for those who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities, we stand together with our fellow marginalized communities who face bias and discrimination, including Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and the LGBTQ+ community, and those for whom these experiences intersect. Although the basis for bias and discrimination against each of our communities is different, we share in its outcomes – seemingly inescapable cycles of poverty, lack of access to adequate education and healthcare, increased risk of police violence, and an absence of full inclusion and equity in society.
While the values of equity, inclusion and diversity have always been held by our board and staff, we recognize there are additional proactive steps we can take to better stand with other marginalized communities. We will actively recruit vendors, volunteers, staff and board members from these communities, with the goal of supporting each other and amplifying the voices of those who experience the intersectionality of disability and other marginalizations. We will also endeavor to better engage and listen to the experiences of these community members in a genuine way so we can serve their needs as they express them.
Our work toward improving our diversity and inclusion of BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and other communities at Beloved Community will not be an overnight accomplishment. We will not be perfect and will likely make missteps along the way, but even those missteps are ones we must take if we are to stand together for a just and equitable world for all.