The past few months have gone by so quickly yet it feels like a lifetime ago when we had some normalcy. We feel the frustration and uncertainty. There has been much focus on staying safe, being well, taking precautions and although this has been both important and necessary, I want to focus on positives.
Looking back over the past year there have been so many amazing things that have taken place at CBH Care. I would like to share with you, our loyal friends and supporters, the hardworking staff that have kept our organization going and thriving. Although there have been some disappointments along the way, such as cancelling our Culinary Adventure and Golf Outing, our two biggest fundraisers, there were just as many notable acts that have taken place.
At CBH Care, we are focusing on the safe return of staff and consumers. We have added many safety precautions such as adding monitors upon entering the office space to check temperatures, installing automatic faucets and paper towels in the bathrooms, limiting the number of people in certain spaces, adding plexiglass partitions between staff desks, and many other necessary modifications to ensure the safety of our consumers and staff.
We have brought many of our consumers back to our Adult Partial Care program, again with modifications and supervised social distancing. Our consumers are grateful to be back and taking part in their program with staff who are an integral part of their lives. By following state guidelines, our hope is to increase our numbers by ensuring staff and consumers can remain safe. Many of our other programs continue to work remotely, with great success.
The pandemic took everyone by surprise, yet our motivated staff were able to switch to telehealth services in a seamless fashion, thus never losing the connection with our consumers. We have had heroic staff members sew masks for fellow co-workers, and those who selflessly volunteered to work at locations with active COVID cases. CBH Care is an amazing team that has shown our perseverance and resilience at this most trying time. At CBH Care we value our consumers and treat them with respect and dignity. This was most event during the pandemic when programs such as Community Support Services never missed a visit with the people they serve, often bringing medication, food and other necessities needed by our consumers. Our residential staff, our unsung heroes, worked in residences where there was active covid, sometimes among staff and consumers simultaneously. Each day they came to work, never losing sight of our mission and their responsibility to the people we serve.
We have been an integral part of your community for over 50 years and I am confident that we will be here for a long time to come. We have proven that our commitment to our consumers, our staff, and CBH Care at large are stronger than ever.
We are proud of who we are and the accomplishments we have achieved.
Be safe and stay healthy,
Susan Devlin, MA, LPC