As we honor the birthday of one of our most celebrated American heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it’s important to recall some of his words: “The time is always right to do what is right.” His legacy continues to reverberate throughout the land.
Dr. King stood for many things, most importantly equality of rights, diversity and hope for the future of America. At BRIDGE, we try to remember those same things by providing people with affordable housing and a chance to succeed. We celebrate diversity and the level playing field a stable home can provide.
I like to think that Dr King would ask that we follow his example and help lead the way for hope– that we might continue in his footsteps and see the promise of a bright future. At BRIDGE, we do this by strengthening communities, respecting and encouraging the rights of others–by helping to support success for our residents, our employees and the neighborhoods we serve.
Every day, we do what we feel is right by producing and maintaining decent, affordable housing at a scale that makes a difference. Here’s what else we know is right: Quality homes where kids can do homework in peace and play outside, where parents can recharge after a long work shift, and where residents know they can rely on maintenance to keep everything in good working order. It is right to create communities where seniors can socialize, tend to a garden, play bingo with friends and age in place with as much independence and grace as possible. It is right to build homes that are affordable to lower-wage workers, seniors on fixed incomes and so many people who have—often through a combination of birth, misfortune or just being human—endured chronic poverty, discrimination, disenfranchisement, even homelessness.
I also believe it is right to ensure that those homes give people a little breathing room in their lives, so that they might consider options, pursue opportunities and dream about the future. Because as Dr. King said on that historic day in 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial: “And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.”
Please join me today and in the times ahead, thinking about Dr. King and what he means to you.