Family Promise's

Racial Justice Council

It is impossible to separate systemic and structural racism from the reality that people of color, and Black people in particular, are disproportionately affected by homelessness and poverty. The Family Promise Racial Justice Council was formed to ensure we address racial equity issues in our work at all levels. The Council is comprised of Family Promise community members from across the country.



Nora Ali
Board Vice-Chair, Family Promise of Greater Denver
“I joined the Racial Justice Council to provide tools and strategies for the Family Promise community to engage in issues involving racial and ethnic diversity so that we can provide the best care for our families and make them feel at home.”

Claas Ehlers

Claas Ehlers
Chief Executive Officer, Family Promise
“Structural racism underlies homelessness in the United States. We have to address it in every initiative we take, in the way we work, in the messages we give. The RJC is a foundational step toward Family Promise orienting anti-racism in its work.”

Carolyn Gordon

Carolyn Gordon
Regional Director (Northeast), Family Promise
“Our work of serving families experiencing homelessness is inextricably linked with racial justice. I look forward to elevating the racial equity work of Family Promise and providing guidance, resources, and tools to Affiliates. We will create space in which Black families, staff, and volunteers have power that improve the outcomes for all families served.”

Nakeshia Hedrick
Executive Director, Family Promise of Greater Lafayette
“I am committed to helping Family Promise hold true to its community-based approach in addressing difficult but important topics like, poverty, homelessness, and racial injustice. As a part of the RJC, I hope to offer insight, voice, fact, and action to address the ugly truth of injustice and inequity that disproportionately and adversely affect Black, Indigenous, and people of color.”

Armilla Moore
Executive Director, Family Promise of Pickens County
“So many people are afraid to talk about race in the workplace. This can impact relationships between leadership and employees. No matter how difficult the conversation is, we have to talk. When we have the conversations, we can identify the issues and begin to make change. Family Promise’s Racial Justice Committee takes on the tough issues. By sharing experiences and views, we can find ways to help people be brave, have the tough conversations, and positively influence our future as a diverse organization.”

Mitch Petit-Frere

Mitchell Petit-Frere
Creative Content Manager, Family  Promise
“Black Americans only make up 13% of the U.S. population but account for nearly 40% of the country’s homeless population. This is the result of centuries of racism. I hope my work on the Racial Justice Council helps educate Family Promise community members nationwide on the role systemic racism plays in the lives of the non-white families we serve.”

Capri Wiggins
Senior Case Manager, Family Promise of Northern Newcastle County
“I am putting in work on the Family Promise Racial Justice Council with the hopes of assisting with plans, actions, and ideas to eliminate racial inequalities, encourage awareness, acceptance and unity; as well as mutual respect for the one life we as humans get to live.”


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