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2/4/2021 UPDATE from the Executive Director

It has been some time since I have written to give you an update on what is happening at The Arc of Monmouth, especially regarding the reopening of our Day Programs.

Today I participated in the bi-weekly Webinar run by the New Jersey Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) and it was made clear that due to the ongoing pandemic and the continued increase of new cases of Covid-19 in New Jersey, Day Programs, and the Work Opportunity Center (WOC) will remain closed.

DDD has stated that when this rule is relaxed, they will give two weeks’ notice. At which point we will communicate that with you to ensure programs are back up as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing everyone back in programs.

I understand how frustrating this suspension of programs is, and I want to reassure you that as soon as we can reopen, we will. In the meantime, virtual programs continue to be run through Adult Services, Recreation and The Achievement Zone (TAZ).

We are looking to increase the outreach from WOC and provide more virtual programs and outreach services. WOC outreach services can also be accessed by telephone.

We are working diligently to secure vaccines for our served individuals and staff. As you know, there is a shortage of vaccines in New Jersey, but we are working with both Walgreens and Walmart to secure vaccines just as soon as possible. If you are the parent or guardian of one of our program participants and can get your loved one vaccinated elsewhere, I encourage you to do so.

If you have any questions regarding any of the above then please do not hesitate to reach out to either myself Bob Angel, Executive Director, (732)493-1919 X 150 or Leslie Kelly, Director of Adult Services (732)389-5256 or Linda Porter, Director of Vocational Services at The WOC (732)229-4414 X 20