"One team. One dream." —Chris Manning

These four simple words really impacted me when our RI CEO, David Covington, shared them in an email this week. I’m working on my Masters in Social Work right now and much of what this quarter has been focused on is the idea of unity. This isn’t a topic new to us because there is so much happening throughout the world now and historically where people are divided.

I’ve been studying policies, programs, therapies, and theories about diversity, inclusion, unity, differences, how to close the gaps where they exist, and creating deserved balance where injustice is concerned.

Learning of the most recent attacks on those in the Asian community devastated me in ways I couldn’t have anticipated. The people I’m surrounded by want nothing more than to live in a world where all people matter to all people. The key to the success of that dream is the formation of one team.

One team. One dream.

Hope Inc. Stories is all about sharing real life and seeing the pain but living in the hope of every moment. We are one team and we have to fight for one dream so that it becomes reality for the people living injustices. Everyone deserves justice, safety, and love, no matter who they are or where they come from. One Team. One Dream. That says it all.

Keep carrying the Hope.

Sarah Deats

Sarah Deats is a Behavioral Health Technician at RI International and the Hope Inc. Stories Inspiration Engineer.