Everybody who knows me, knows that I say it like it is. I don’t care if you’re in Roland Park, Canton, Harbor East, or Sandtown-Winchester, you should treat everybody the same. The bottom line is love. We have got to love each other, period. Whether you’re a police officer, a resident, a young person, or a senior. I’m no better than you, you’re no better than me. And I always preach that. I could be one of those that’s down on their luck or addicted. You could just be a paycheck away.
That’s why I love empowering others. When the City came to us about creating a Resiliency Hub — where people can go to get what they need in the face of all kinds of hardship — I thought this church would be a perfect place. We’ve been doing this kind of work for years. If the community needs something, they know they can come to the church. It’s where you can go to get job training, expungement, senior services, health services, you name it. People come and say “I can’t get a job” — and they find jobs from the information we give them. They say “I can’t vote” — yes you can … here’s how.
When I think about “resilience,” about “sustainability,” I think about all the things we need to SUSTAIN our communities and our lives. Sustainability is inclusion; it’s commitment, involvement, equity, helping each other, everything we need for a better life — whether that’s food, education, family, engagement, or even the police treating people right. It’s about knowing and loving each other unconditionally. Doesn’t have to be family, doesn’t have to be anybody I know, but to love you unconditionally. And if we can do that … what would this world be like?
– Inez Robb, President, Western District Community Relations Council, Inc., and Fulton Community Association
Photo by New Lens Productions.
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