An open letter on racism, mental health, and compassion

To our friends and supporters,

“We are here to help, free of judgment and full of compassion.” Perhaps there is no time in Bacon Street’s history where this phrase has rung truer. We understand how scary adolescent addiction is, and we work tirelessly to give our community’s children brighter futures, free of drugs and alcohol. Since 1971, we have provided a safe space for adolescents, young adults, and their families to have difficult conversations.

The recent senseless deaths of people of color – George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery – have once again drawn our attention to the inequality and injustice of our American institutions. Our hearts are breaking along with so many others as we proclaim the message that Black Lives Matter and wonder how we will heal as a nation.

Along with my colleagues and the leadership of Bacon Street, I am committed to ensuring that we join with members of the community and minority-serving institutions to encourage open dialogue about racism and inequality. Our counselors are dedicated to continuing to provide a safe space for youth and their families, including those who are dealing with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, or other mental health issues because of the trauma of minority discrimination and systemic oppression. And I am personally committed to ensuring that we are a trusted partner as our community searches for a path forward.


Kim Dellinger, M.Ed., Executive Director