Care initiatives Donates $10,000 to 24/7 BLAC

{Waterloo, Iowa, March 9, 2022} – Care Initiatives donates $10,000 to 24/7 Black Leadership Advancement Consortium. 

On March 4, 2022, Members of Care Initiatives DEI Council met with board members of 24/7 Black Leadership Advancement Consortium (“BLAC”) to deliver a $10,000 donation in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month.

In making this donation, Care Initiatives Chief Executive Officer, Mike Beal stated that the donation is part of Care Initiatives’ continued commitment to extend its diversity, equity, and inclusion (“DEI”) efforts beyond the four walls of the company and into the communities that Care Initiatives serves.  “We are pleased to support the work 24/7 BLAC does in the Cedar Valley community.  We hope this contribution is instrumental in assisting the leaders of 24/7 BLAC in furthering the reach of their mission of supporting and uplifting Black professionals in the Cedar Valley. We look forward to a long partnership between our organizations.”

Care Initiatives is in early stages of implementing its DEI efforts.  For example, the company’s inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council (“DEI Council”) has held its first few meetings.  The DEI Council’s mission is to create and maintain an environment that promotes a welcoming culture, breaks down barriers and stereotypes, and honors differences.  The DEI Council represents a cross-section of the company’s workforce and is responsible for helping revise and create policies to make work environments more diverse, equitable, and inclusive, generaing ideas to ensure that Care Initiatives is being inclusive of residents, patients, and tenants of all backgrounds, and works closely with Care Initiatives’ Senior Management to integrate DEI into Care Initiatives’ mission and core values.  “Care Initiatives has 58 locations throughout Iowa, which means that we touch almost every community in the state. In the Cedar Valley alone, we have 5 locations.  We are incredibly gratefully for the work that 24/7 BLAC is doing to increase opportunities for Black professionals in the Waterloo and Cedar Falls area, one of Care Initiatives’ largest markets,” said Abhay Nadipuram, Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for Care Initiatives and Executive Sponsor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. As a part of its DEI initiatives, Care Initiatives has pledged to donate $120,000 annually to organizations that serve a diverse cross-section of Iowa communities.  

In a statement on behalf of 24/7 BLAC, Executive Director, Joy Briscoe, thanked Care Initiatives for its contribution.  “24/7 BLAC is honored to partner with Care Initiatives for this year's MLK and Black History Month Celebration. Partnerships like this allow us to fulfill our mission and advance economic vitality for our community and beyond.  The work of advancing equity requires us coming together, with bold intent and courage to make a better tomorrow for generations to come. These types of partnerships are a great way to force multiple opportunities for true transformation. Again, we send our sincerest gratitude to Care Initiatives and are looking forward to working together in the future to continue to make an impact.”

Care Initiatives is Iowa’s largest not-for-profit skilled nursing care and senior care provider.  Care Initiatives and Care Initiatives Hospice operate 58 skilled nursing, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s/dementia, assisted living and hospice locations throughout Iowa.


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