• Bonnie Lowry Vallette

Ubuntu: I am Because WE ARE

Updated: Feb 9

A person is a person through other persons. My humanity is caught up, bound up, inextricably, with yours. If I dishonor you, I dishonor myself. The solitary human being is a contradiction in terms. Therefore we seek to work for the common good because our humanity comes into its own in community, in belonging. That is ubuntu.

We may each have our own goals and mission, yet regardless of individual pursuits, we always work as a team. We are a group of people who desire to make our little corners of the world better, not just different. We support each other in that pursuit .

We believe in abundance and we work hard to improve life conditions for everyone we serve. We walk to the tree and enjoy the fruit together.... Do you know the story that brought ubuntu to us?

How we learned of ubuntu

An anthropologist was finishing up a study in an African village. He wanted to thank the children of the village, so he put together a gift basket filled with delicious fruits from around the region and wrapped it in a ribbon. He placed the basket under a tree and then he gathered up the children in the village.

The man drew a line in the dirt, looked at the children, and said, “When I tell you to start, run to the tree and whoever gets there first will win the basket of the fruit.”

When he told them to run, they all took each other’s hands and ran together to the tree. Then they sat together around the basket and enjoyed their treat as a group.

The anthropologist was shocked. He asked why they would all go together when one of them could have won all the fruits for themselves?

A young girl looked up at him and said, “How can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?”

Happiness on the journey to wellbeing

Happiness comes from combining what we love to do with something that is meaningful. In this community, our goal is to improve health and happiness so that those we serve can do what they love and contribute something that is meaningful. We believe that we are here to make the world a better place, and we think that happy and healthy people have a better chance to do that than anyone else. That's why we do what we do!

If you choose to share your journey with us and work towards your goals as part of our team, or with one of our teams, then you'll find support here. We find value in community; we find our humanity in belonging. You belong here.

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