In light of the continued outpouring of grief and anger sweeping our country over the death of George Floyd and the ensuing unrest, I wanted to reach out to share the Provident Loan Society’s response and to update you on the safety of our branch colleagues and clients. These are very challenging times highlighting a history of pain that comes from racism, discrimination, and injustice. There have been peaceful protests in numerous cities but there have also been angry crowds and looting plaguing many communities. We cannot operate as a civilized society when parts of our population feel marginalized, victimized, or targeted just for who they are. The only acceptable solution is inclusivity for all, and we cannot settle for anything less.
Racism is not a new crisis, it is a long-standing systemic problem that has yet to be solved. The Provident Loan Society is an organization that champions equality, diversity, and inclusion and is willing to stand up for those values when they are threatened. At Provident, it is our responsibility to be a safe place, on all levels, for our employees and our customers.
These are extraordinarily difficult times. There is no simple solution. My sincere hope is that we will all work together toward a better future.
John T. Higney