As we continue to work toward fostering an upward trend, the means for accomplishing our goals begin to become clearer. We can say with statistical certainty that providing children with an early childhood education offers advantages that manifest themselves in adult life. We can point to the fact that adults that have enjoyed the benefit of an early childhood education are more likely to provide the same advantage to their own children, which means there is a cumulative effect to the work we accomplish in the present moment. Finally, we can theorize that people learn best when they are free from distress. When the more basic needs of food, shelter and clothing have been met, our intelligence and awareness is freed to focus on learning. This is important information which empowers us to go forward.
Knowing these things raises a fundamental question: what do we do with this information? How do we best use what we know so far to help others most effectively? It would appear to be prudent to draft a policy for the liberation of those in crisis—those whom Penn House most directly serves.
We believe assisting others in distress is an act of human liberation and benefits all people. To this end, we are resolved to:
Treat all people in distress with complete respect. We acknowledge that we are all born as naturally intelligent, aware and loving individuals. The crisis that we are dealing with is a separate circumstance, and not a part of who any of us really are. We resolve to treat the problem as separate from the individual, and offer complete support to everyone in need while treating the problem as a temporary situation to be resolved.
Intelligently share the resources at our disposal to assist those who come to us seeking aid. We have placed ourselves in a position to act as a resource to those in need. We will take that position and responsibility seriously. We will use the resources at our disposal with wisdom and sound judgment for the betterment of those in crisis.
Constantly seek to improve the resources at our disposal. We will constantly seek to improve our financial, people and information resources to better serve those in need. We understand that this is the most certain way to affect change.
Act as allies to all in crisis, and to those who dedicate themselves to serving those in crisis. We will partner with others to assist in the liberation of those in crisis from their circumstances. We will add our resources to those who are of like mind to aid in the emergence of anyone in crisis.
We will acknowledge partial gains. We understand that it is impossible to liberate everyone from the pain of crisis experiences. We do not have the resources to accomplish this task. To this end, we acknowledge that small gains are superior to no improvements at all. Understanding this, we will always do the best we can for those in need, recognizing that improving a situation benefits everyone.
We will measure results for ourselves and those we serve. We will constantly view where we are, relative to where we wish to be. This will allow us to best understand how to most effectively utilize the resources at our disposal.
Upholding the principles in this policy statement will allow us to best serve as allies to those we are striving to help. We will expect and offer complete respect to everyone we serve, understanding that those in crisis have overcome great obstacles simply to reach out to us. We fully expect our efforts to build upon upon themselves and contribute to starting a better world.