June 4, 2020

Dear Fellow Employees,

While there is much going on in the world affecting each of us personally and professionally, perhaps no issue is more important than the potential for long-lasting positive change that might come from the nation’s focus on the gut-wrenching killing of George Floyd and the issue of race relations.

The video recording of Mr. Floyd being restrained is heartbreaking to watch. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident of people of color being treated so wrongly.

Rainbow stands for justice, fairness, and equality for all people. While we support diversity, we are intolerant of bigotry, discrimination, or unkind acts against others.

As the nation has turned to protests and calls for change, it is important that we continue to support our fellow employees and clients. This moment is likely to affect each of us in different ways. Some people may be hurting or exhausted, some confused, some angry, and others hopeful – hopeful that the nation has changed; hopeful that the nation will change.

We can support each other in a variety of ways, but perhaps the most important thing to do is to talk with colleagues and clients. Understand that they may be going through some things that you may not be aware of. Talk and listen.

Many of our clients may be interested in participating in some of the peaceful protests or events going on in our communities. If we are following social distancing, wearing masks, and following laws and ordinances, clients should be given the opportunity to attend events (assuming clinically appropriate).

If you are interested in reading about diversity and inclusion, below are some recommended readings from Rainbow’s Diversity Committee.

If you are interested in volunteering in some way, below are some organizations you might consider investigating, also recommended by Rainbow’s Diversity Committee.

If you are having a difficult time, you can access Rainbow’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to seek counseling and other resources. Information to access Rainbow’s EAP can be found below.

Rainbow is a wonderful group of individuals from all different backgrounds. Diversity is what makes us interesting, creative, and colorful. Again, our leadership and ownership stand for justice, fairness, and equality for all people. Please know that Rainbow is a safe and welcoming place. We will continue to do our part to make this world a better place.

Sincerely,

Bill

Ability Assist® Counseling Services is the EAP provided to us through The Hartford.

  • For access over the phone, simply call toll-free 1-800-96-HELPS (1-800-964-3577).
  • To access online, visit WWW.GUIDANCERESOURCES.COM to create your own personal username and password. If you’re a first-time user, you’ll be asked to provide the following information on the profile page:

1. In the Company/Organization field, use: HLF902

2. Then, create your own confidential user name and password.

3. Finally, in the Company Name field at the bottom of personalization page, use: ABILI

Additional Resources recommended by Rainbow’s Diversity Committee

Read:  

Non-Fiction Books: 

  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander 
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 
  • How to be Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi 
  • Freedom Is A Constant Struggle by Angela Davis 
  • They Can’t Kill Us All:  Ferguson, Baltimore, And A New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery

Books about racial history in Detroit, and allyhood

  • The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit by Thomas J. Sugrue
  • Detroit, I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution by Dan Georgakas
  • Whose Detroit? Politics, Labor, and Race in a Modern American City by Heather Ann Thompson
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum

All of these documentaries and films focus on the relationship between Black Americans and law enforcement. They are all either non-fiction or based on a true story.

  • Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982–1992 (2017)
  • LA 92 (2017)
  • Let the Fire Burn (2013)
  • Whose Streets? (2017)
  • 16 Shots (2019)
  • Fruitvale Station (2013)
  • 13th by Ava Duvernay (2016)
  • The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)
  • Copwatch (2017)
  • The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015)

Join: 

Showing Up for Racial Justice – Ann Arbor has a Chapter. 

Surj-leadership@umich.edu 

Take a Research Based Test: 

Discover your subconscious biases through understanding your attitudes, stereotypes and hidden biases that influence perception, judgement and action. 

https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

Donate: 

To the NAACP, UNCF, or The Southern Poverty Law Center and join in when The Rainbow Employee Activities Committee (EAC) and the Diversity Committee work together to sponsor one of these agencies.  Join one of these committees. 

Report a Concern:

Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers is committed to an environment where open, honest communications are the expectation, not the exception. We want you to feel comfortable in approaching your supervisor or management in instances where you believe violations of policies or standards have occurred. In situations where you prefer to place an anonymous report in confidence, you are encouraged to use this hotline, hosted by a third party hotline provider, EthicsPoint. Follow the links on Rainbow Connect / Compliance Hotline to make a report.

Show Your Colors: 

Celebrate Loving Day and Pride Month on June 12th.  Email your selfies to Jill Hamilton-Krawczyk when you wear your colors or email Janice White or Mariann Young before the event and they will come to your Rainbow facility on June 12th to take your photos and write down your comments for Rainbow Connect and/or an end of year compilation.