The RA is a not-for-profit association that has been proudly serving the community for almost 80 years. We'd like to take a moment to share a message with our members, potential members and the broader community, affirming our commitment to creating a welcoming and safe place for everyone.
In 2019 the RA embarked on a new strategic direction informed by our core values – Respect Others, Include Everyone, Have Fun, Stay Healthy, Give Back, and Stronger Together. While we have not intentionally tried to exclude any marginalized community, we acknowledge that we must do better by recognizing our faults to help build a more equitable society. The path forward requires open and honest conversations about the real racial, ethnic and gender inequities that exist in our society. Our organization wants to contribute to the larger conversation with those who have experienced discrimination. We will educate ourselves by listening to and learning from those whose voices have been excluded.
The RA believes that each member of the community deserves respect and wants to be welcomed. We will work to ensure our programs and services draw on the richness of our diversity, uniting us through celebration and recognition of our differences. We believe that our new values set a positive foundation from which to engage the community and make meaningful change within society.