Values – How do we behave?

FROM’s Values: Equity, Integrity, Curiosity, Welcome, Value, Dignity, Empowerment

Our values are how we behave. Each word (below) was carefully selected and vetted with participants and volunteers.

Equity: We measure our policies and actions by how well we achieve our mission for all people.

Integrity: We work to do the right thing with the resources we have been blessed with.

Curiosity: We approach situations with humble curiosity. We are open to new ideas and perspectives.

Welcome: All are welcome here.

Value: You are valued. We value you.

Dignity: We respect, affirm and protect the dignity and worth of every person in our community.

Empowerment: We work with individuals to increase their self-confidence, develop their capacity, and identify their power.

Purpose guides you; why you do what you do, why we exist.

FROM’s Purpose: To Demonstrate Christ’s love in our community no matter what!

FROM started with thirteen churches coming together; keeping our connection to Christ was of utmost importance. The reference to Christ was elevated to the purpose to demonstrate our history and our faith. This is why we exist.

Vision is what you aspire to be; what we will achieve in the future, the measurable impact you want to make. Your vision reminds us what the difference we make will look like

FROM’s Vision: Equal access and opportunities to meet basic needs with an emphasis on learning and advancement for all.

Our vision is what we aspire to achieve. Many organizations like ours have a vision that strives towards equal access for everyone. We took it a step further and added “with an emphasis on learning and advancement for all”. The reality is that when someone wants to learn more and advance themselves, we want them to have access to opportunities to do that. This is an area that we recognize we need more programming and we hope to partner with volunteers and professionals in various areas to bring those opportunities to our community.

Mission statement – how we accomplish our purpose; the way in which we will achieve the vision and purpose, what is it that we do that accomplishes our vision and purpose, direct path to your purpose and vision.

FROM’s Mission: To be the Greater Lowell community hub where hope, resources, and gifts are shared

Our mission is what we do in order to move towards our vision. In our community, those that have surplus share with FROM. Then, FROM shares them with those in the community who need them. For example, there are many folks in our community who have been making masks for months – 100s of them. They made them for participants who came through the pantry. They made them for volunteers as they started to come back to FROM in June. Then, they made them for students for their backpacks in August. And, they are still making them for us as we continue to provide them for our participants. Many participants expressed hope as they were able to provide face coverings for their entire family.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Inclusion promotes our learning and strengthens our community impact

We welcome all, regardless of their age, ethnicity, gender, intellectual abilities, mental health, national origin, physical abilities, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and all other factors.

We strive to live out our purpose by including multiple voices and perspectives in developing policies and programs. We commit to actively seek diversity in our staff, board, and volunteers.