Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative

Sharing our commitment to growth in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Families in Transition is embarking on a new initiative; one where we strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do. We know that we need to become more diverse and welcome a variety of perspectives to better serve our participants. We believe that raising awareness around this initiative will assure our employees, volunteers, and participants that they can be their unique and authentic selves.

Families in Transition’s mission is a bold one: to prevent and break the cycle of homelessness. This mission becomes possible only when we come together as an organization, community, and with the people we serve. It requires dedication, commitment, openness to different points of view, and an inclusive environment. We recognize that people come from diverse backgrounds and believe every human being is inherently deserving of dignity and worth. The butterfly in our logo speaks to this belief and to each person’s capacity for growth and transformation.

Our journey into the creation of a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment is just beginning. We are committed to taking the first steps because it’s the right thing to do and will strengthen our mission.

“We want to ensure that we are offering a welcoming and inclusive environment for staff and those we serve. The adoption of a DEI initiative like this is closely aligned with our core values and is a must for the future growth and success of our organization.”

Maria Devlin
President & CEO
Families in Transition

Maria Devlin

“Our mission is to prevent and break the cycle of homelessness. In order to achieve this mission, we must stay true to our values; treating others with dignity, building collaborative relationships, and empowering people, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, language, ability, gender or identity.”

Rebecca Pichardo
Director of Shelter Operations &
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Chair
Families in Transition

Our why behind diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • To embrace new possibilities.

    As an organization, as a service provider, as employees, and as members of our community at large.

  • To gain a better understanding in our daily work.

    Open our minds to varying points of view, and welcome diverse and inclusive range of thoughts, experiences, and voices.

  • To produce better outcomes.

    For the people we serve; to become more diverse and welcome a variety of perspectives. As a service provider, this will:

    • Help build trust among those we serve
    • Enhance our approaches and services
    • Increase the overall impact of our programs
    • Create an increased sense of belonging and support
  • To create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.

    To encourage an increase in:

    • Employee engagement and productivity
    • Healthy, respectful communication
    • Job satisfaction and self-care
    • A positive agency atmosphere
  • To impact communities where we live and work.


    • Celebrating and embracing diversity
    • Creating a platform for greater equity and inclusion
    • Leading the way for other organizations to follow