Human Relations Department

Compassionate W-S (a sub-program of Interfaith W-S) proudly partners with the Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission / Human Relations Department (WSHRC/HRD) which educates, provides, facilitates, promotes, anticipates, studies, and recommends programs, projects, feedback, and actions for the elimination of discrimination in any and all fields of human relationships.

On July 9, 2013, the Community Development/Housing/General Government Committee unanimously approved a resolution for the development of a program to make Winston-Salem a participant in the Campaign for Compassionate Cities. City Council unanimously endorsed the resolution July 15, 2013 upon sponsorship of Council member Molly Leight.

This endorsement established WSHRC/HRD with the authority to develop and recommend a program of action for pursuing these goals of enhancing care and community for those in need in our city.

Click here to see the latest efforts of WSHRC/HRD sustaining this compassionate endeavor. Following is the unanimously approved resolution for a compassionate city.

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RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PROGRAM TO MAKE WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA A PARTICIPANT IN THE CAMPAIGN FOR COMPASSIONATE CITIES.

WHEREAS, Winston-Salem comprises a spectrum of religious, political and ethnic groups embodying the best in American values; and,

WHEREAS, our colleges and universities have added to the diversity of our community by attracting a wide range of students; and,

WHEREAS, our city’s original Moravian founders left an imprint of peace on our heritage; and,

WHEREAS, other waves of immigrants to our community have added to this heritage of commitment to the principles of justice and compassion for all; and

WHEREAS,  we recognize that some of our neighbors live with hunger, homelessness, poverty and other problems, and we aspire to create a community where there is hope and promise for all of our citizens; and,

WHEREAS, local governments around the world can boost their effectiveness in dealing with these needs through increased partnerships with private individuals and groups organized around advancing compassionate care for those in need; and,

WHEREAS, the Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission has endorsed the Charter for Compassion;

NOW THEREFORE, be it resolved by the City Council and Mayor of Winston-Salem, North Carolina that the City Council and the Mayor of Winston-Salem, North Carolina join in affirming the values outlined by the attached “Charter for Compassion”; and

Be it further resolved that the Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission is authorized to develop and recommend a program of action for pursuing these goals of enhancing care and community for those in need in our city.

 

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