August 14, 2023

The Fremont Senior Living Elaborates on Their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Category: D&I Series

Author: Christy Brashers, Business Office Director

As a company, Arrow Senior Living has made learning about and celebrating our unique differences a part of our company culture. So much so that, in recent years, it has become an extension of our core values. And now, going on our second year, Arrow has expanded beyond yearly diversity, equity, and inclusion workshops to create Arrow’s D&I Speaker Series, which pairs special guest speakers with residents from our communities to have conversations on a wide range of topics such as mental health, PRIDE, Juneteenth, and so much more. We believe that sparking conversations on what some may believe to be sensitive topics helps to shed light on misconceptions and ultimately brings about understanding as it relates to the experiences of others. This ensures our employees and residents have the tools to build a safe place to live and work, one where a diverse group can come together and feel equally seen, heard, and included. 

At The Fremont Senior Living, DEI goes beyond training and mentoring. It is a way of life. One of my favorite conversations thus far this past year was A Poverty Awareness Conversation with Professor William Elliott III.

This speaker, William Elliott, had some very thought-provoking comments on poverty and the causes. Often people, me included, think poverty is simply a lack of enough money and a cycle. Mr. Elliott says it is way more than that. Poverty is more of a feeling and a thought process. Overcoming poverty means more than just trying to “survive.” You must have a feeling you have something to live for, opportunities, and what he calls, “a tangible hope.” This is what will change behavior and life expectations. Mr. Elliott explained we can conquer poverty by forming a coalition to provide children savings accounts, apprenticeships, etc. which will touch all of those affected. 

DEI is very important. Listening to experts speak on a variety of topics we may have preconceived ideas and thoughts on challenges our thought process expanding our knowledge creating empathy. 

These conversations have only just begun, and I look forward to the conversations to come and all the new growth and opportunity that lies ahead as we work toward creating the greatest and safest place to work that we can!

The Fremont Senior Living in Springfield, MO offers senior villas, independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Cox Medical Center South with convenient access to major shopping centers, including Bill and Stewart Golf Course, Horton Smith, River Cut Golf Course, Battlefield Mall, Fantastic Caverns, Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, Wonders of Wildlife National Mueum and Aquarum, and Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.

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