November 6: Coronavirus Update from the CEO

November 6th, 2020

Dear Members of The Arc Family,

The Arc of Essex County was very busy during the month of October! We initiated the limited re-opening of day programs for consumers living at home; Community Based Supports began individual adult services; our legendary Home Assistance Program (HAP) re-connected in-person with their families; and our Shapiro Early Intervention practitioners began delivering in-home services. Of course, none of these services would be possible without the tremendous effort of staff. From developing strategies and plans that mitigate risk to ensuring compliance with all COVID related protocols for themselves and their service participants to the extraordinary work of safely engaging in interesting and productive community activities, the Arc Essex staff is truly amazing.

Although the State of NJ has seen an uptick in COVID in recent weeks, The Arc of Essex County remains committed to deliberate and consistent development and implementation of plans for services and supports that meet all compliance guidelines from federal, state and local authorities. The health and safety of our service participants, their families and our staff are paramount to any plans as we slowly re-open programs. We remain steadfast in our efforts to move forward, creating opportunities that support our Arc family, now and for the future.

Thank you, all.

Stay safe and be well.

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Linda C. Lucas
Chief Executive Officer


  • Adult Day Programs began opening on October 5th at SYA with a small group of consumers living in their own homes; shortly after, Bridges re-opening began also with a small group of at-home consumers.
  • Community Based Supports and HAP began in-person services supporting a few individuals (CBS) and families (HAP) to engage in community activities.

Current Status of Programs and Services:

  • Shapiro Center for Early Intervention: In-person services began; teleservices continue
  • Stepping Stones School: In-person classes continue; 100% remote option continues
  • Stepping Stones Early Intervention: Virtual sessions continue into spring
  • Children Group Respite and Recreation Programs: In-person activities authorized to resume with restrictions; plans in development
  • Adult Day Programs: limited re-opening plans initiated; virtual activities continue
  • Community Based Supports and Individual Respite: Limited options available
  • Virtual activities calendars continue to increase and expand for at-home and residential home consumers on; virtual billing continues