As we start 2021, I want to take a moment to thank everyone that has been there and supported The Arc of Monmouth in 2020. Our hearts go out to those who have suffered by personal loss or economic hardship. The journey through the pandemic has not been an easy one, but one thing remains very clear, the human spirit’s ability to transcend for the common good.
Our ability to continue to provide the high level of service we do whether it be in one of our Group Homes or virtually in any of our programs, is down to one thing and that is the people who work tirelessly to provide services day in day out as they have done and continue to do so throughout this pandemic. A heartfelt “thank you” to you all.
I received news yesterday from DDD that Day Programs would not reopen on January 19th, as was originally hoped when I wrote to you before Thanksgiving about the program closures. The coronavirus incidence rate in NJ right now is at the highest it has been during the pandemic and so it was felt that to reopen programs would not be a wise move.
I realize that this news will come as a disappointment to many, but I know the decision by DDD would not have been taken lightly; but is the right decision given the facts.
As of today (1/8/2021) a target date for reopening has not been established.
The focus is now putting together a comprehensive vaccination plan for the agency and as we get more details about the availability of the vaccine and the establishment of the Points of Delivery (POD’s) I will write to you again.
As always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me on (732)493-1919 x 150, Leslie Kelly, Director for Adult Services on (732) 493-1919 x 250 or Linda Porter, Director of Vocational Services at the Work Opportunity Center on (732) 229-4414 x 204.
Thank you for your continued support and most of all patience.