Medford Leas believes in the equality, dignity and worth of each person, and therefore welcomes all regardless of their race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, culture, disability, gender, sexual orientation, and philosophical beliefs.
At Medford Leas our commitment to diversity flows from our common Quaker identity and values. Friends believe that each human life is sacred — that there is “that of God” in every person. This conviction has led to more than three centuries of Quaker action to promote equality, respect for differences, and the dignity of all people.
Both The Estaugh, and Friends Services for the Aging (FSA) have a commitment to diversity and inclusion. The Estaugh is the governing board of Medford Leas. FSA, to which Medford Leas belongs, is an association of Quaker organizations that provide services to older adults in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and California.
For all those who desire to live, work, serve and participate with us, we actively strive to:
- Be free of myths and stereotypes;
- Foster an appreciation of individuality;
- Adopt and apply policies and practices that uphold the rights, dignity, and equality of all persons without regard to race, culture, religious and philosophical belief, ethnicity, disability, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status;
- Ensure that all internal and external interaction will be carried out in a way expressive of these principles.
Additionally, there are two committees actively working on furthering the mission of enhancing diversity with the Medford Leas community: the Resident Diversity Committee and the Joint Diversity Committee (a blended committee with equal representation from residents, staff, and Estaugh Board members).