By Ray Ratke

During the last few weeks, all of us at Lutheran Family Services of Virginia have grappled with the horror of continued police murders of Black Americans and have witnessed demonstrations against racism around the world, including many places in Virginia. We are committed to being an anti-racist organization. As part of that commitment, our Executive Team has decided that our organization will observe Juneteenth this Friday, June 19, 2020, as a day of reflection. Staff are being given the day off, and we will be sharing resources about this day with each other and our community.

Observing Juneteenth is an important way for our organization to see, acknowledge, and celebrate our African American colleagues and acknowledge the painful history of racism in our country. We are committed to making LFSVA the best place each of us has ever worked — and that means learning and growing. This is one step in that effort.

I hope that each of us can use this time to learn and reflect. I appreciate the work our team does every day to make the world a more loving place for those we serve, and for each other, and I am honored to work with such a dedicated group of people.