While the country is staying home and practicing social distancing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Arc of Essex County continues to provide vital services and supports to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. Over 135 adults in our residential services receive round-the-clock supervision and care and the students in our Stepping Stones School utilize a comprehensive remote learning plan to continue their studies and therapies.
While this situation is unprecedented, our team is taking all of the necessary safety precautions as I am certain are all of you. The Arc is furnishing our residential properties with a robust supply of critical products including hand sanitizer, gloves, and disinfecting products. In the past two weeks alone, we’ve spent nearly $150,000 to ensure the safety and well being of our residents and staff. As quickly as we procure these products, they are used as we aggressively follow Centers for Disease Control guidance to minimize risk of exposure and maintain healthy, clean homes.
With the end of this pandemic likely weeks or months away and the ongoing need for these products, now, more than ever before, we need your help. Will you donate today and enable us to continue to protect the individuals we serve and the staff providing care?