“There is little glamour at the Division of Health and Welfare as we try to undo the flaws and wrongs in people’s lives left by living second-best. On every possible occasion the League spoke out forcefully against all forms of racism that infect our society. On every possible occasion we testified on government policies as they affect black and poor people...
Through the Urban League doors in South Providence walk the thousands of jobless, the disenchanted, those who are grievous with the quality of healthcare, with the quality of city services…, the aged, and the dropouts, the dislocated veterans…, all looking for the understanding and healing of a friend.”
What would you say if I told you these words appeared in the Urban League of Rhode Island 1975 Annual Report: In Quest for Community? Would you say that it seems as though it were written yesterday? With all of our advances in technology, our reforms in government and public policy our society is still plagued by many of the tribulations of our past. Societal disparities still exist and that is why the Urban League of Rhode Island is still here.
Each year we speak to you about the issues directly affecting you—our constituents, supporters and partners. Each year we see both great strides and disappointing setbacks. This year and in the coming year, we are establishing our recommitment to our mission and to you. We will redouble our efforts in the face of dwindling funding, economic recession and overwhelming demand for services.
The causes we champion may not always be popular; but they are the causes most closely touching our community. Housing and homelessness, community re-entry, family reunification, child welfare and education, adult education and job training, prevention referral and counseling, basic needs assistance; these are the areas that shape our society. These are the areas that require social service attention. We will continue to be there.
I ask that you join me in applauding the leadership of the Board and staff; who are also vigilant to the changes in our society and dedicated to ensuring that our organization remains in step with the times. The agency owes its thanks to these individuals, as well as to the members of the Guild and Young Professionals who carry our intentions to the community through their service projects.