Gathering Strength, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit corporation located in Louisville, Kentucky.
Gathering Strength, Inc. (GS), sees diversity, inclusion, and equity as integral to our vision and mission.
Our commitment to diversity encompasses, but is not limited to race, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, economic background/circumstances, physically or mentally disabling condition, veteran status, regional differences, marital or parental status, immigration status, philosophy/religion. We will assess and update this list annually to ensure it is inclusive and reflects the community we serve.
Gathering Strength, Inc., (GS) is committed to equitable treatment, elimination of discrimination in all its forms, and diversity at all organizational levels and throughout all of its programs.
GS, and its Board of Directors, is committed to individual and organizational efforts to build respect, dignity, fairness, caring, equality, and self-esteem for all people.
We strive to be affirmatively anti-racist in all that we do.
We will endeavor continually to serve underrepresented and underserved constituencies including people who live on low incomes.
We will search for and address inequities in our policies, programs, and services.
We will gather data and document our progress on diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organization and in our programs.
We will dedicate our time and resources to expand diversity within our board and leadership positions, and among the people who conduct work for (or become employed by) GS.
We will challenge systems and policies in our community that diminish diversity, equity and inclusion.
Elizabeth Fust, Founder
Elizabeth Fust is an attorney in Louisville, Ky. She suffered a spinal cord stroke in 2006 and is a T7 paraplegic. Since her injury she has been devoted to raising charitable funds to support spinal cord injury rehabilitation and therapeutic exercise programs for people with disabling conditions in Louisville. In 2018, she decided to start a new nonprofit corporation, Gathering Strength Inc., with the mission to ensure access to therapeutic physical activity for people with disabling conditions.