At Centerpoint, we are committed to recognizing and promoting the strengths and abilities of those we serve – providing platforms to amplify their voices – carrying a true regard for the capacity of young people and families to learn and grow. And we do this with awareness and understanding of the challenges that many face every day in their lives and in their communities. We strive to hear, to see, to respect, to learn. To bear witness for the traumas, and insults, and aggressions.
But this is not enough – and we will do more.
The institutional and systemic racism in our communities and in our country has long targeted Black families. We are hurting, heartbroken, and angered by the horrific killing of George Floyd at the hands of police brutality. George Floyd’s murder. Breonna Taylor’s murder. Ahmaud Arbery’s murder. Nina Pop’s murder. Tony McDade’s murder. Black lives lost, all of whom mattered, as a direct result of racist brutality. These people and so many more – over recent weeks, across generations, for centuries.
These tragedies are just the most recent demonstration of the racist oppression built into our institutions – of housing, economics, and employment; education, health, and nutrition; and, most certainly, of policing and of our criminal justice system. Built into our systems, and built against Black People, Brown People, Indigenous People, and all People of Color.
Our mission at Centerpoint draws from the dedication, skills, and resources that our staff and organization offer to those we serve. We are working to dedicate these same skills and resources to issues of equity, human rights, bias, and the injustices of institutionalized racism. Not simply in what we say, but in what we do. We recognize that this is our work, this is hard work, this is discomforting work, and this is the responsibility that comes with privilege.
We invite you to learn more of our plans for action, to share your own, and to partner with us. We expect to make mistakes, though these will not keep us from acting. We expect to disagree, though this will not keep us from seeing, hearing, and respecting. We expect that some changes may seem small, and recognize that small changes often have great impacts. With self-reflection, humility, and grace. Within our organization, throughout our communities, and in our service. And always carrying hope – the hope that we see from those we serve, and that we offer back when it may be so hard to see.
The greatest tragedies compel us to act. We are committed. Join us.
A little bit about us
Centerpoint provides a full array of therapeutic & educational supports and services to teens, young adults, and their families faced with emotional, behavioral, mental health, substance abuse, or special learning needs.
At Centerpoint, we believe in the strengths and assets of the young people, families, and communities with whom we work. We recognize that our clients bring with them the capacity to improve their lives, and we offer our skill, dedication, creativity, & flexibility to assist our clients as they make these life changes.