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Statement from Jean-Michel Giraud

These are difficult times for our community and nation. Friendship Place works every day to help the most vulnerable among us – providing people in need with housing, jobs, and essential items. We know all too well that the burdens of homelessness, unemployment, and economic disenfranchisement fall disproportionately on black lives and other people of color. We condemn systemic racism and the hatred that causes such inequity.

Friendship Place is committed to ending homelessness and systemic racism by actively fighting for racial justice through our work. We are dedicated as an organization to the realization of a society where all are valued and protected by the institutions intended to serve our nation.

We call on our neighbors and allies to join us in our peaceful work for equity.

With gratitude,

Jean-Michel Giraud, President & CEO Friendship Place

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