Letter to Families on Residential Supports-June 28, 2020

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Communication to Families and Supporters of The Arc of Howard County: May 8, 2020

COVID-19/Coronavirus

May 8, 2020

Dear Families and Supporters of The Arc of Howard County

Thank you to all of you for your continued understanding and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. As promised, we want to keep you updated on information concerning the re-opening of The Arc of Howard County. Maryland remains under a stay-at-home order for businesses.

Currently, we do not have a date for when services will resume, however, we are working to align our gradual re-opening in stages, following best practice guidelines from the DDA and in accordance with the directives given to us by Governor Larry Hogan and the State of Maryland.

Individuals with community-based employment will continue to receive supports on a case by case basis. Our residential program will continue to provide the necessary care. We will be sending out information to families and those supported by The Arc of Howard County as to when the re-opening of programs will begin and what those services will look like going forward. We continue to work collaboratively with the county and state, and do our part to ensure we minimize the effects of this virus on our community.

If you have questions or are seeking additional information related to these programs continued suspensions, please reach out to the individuals listed below.

  • For questions about Day and Supported Retirement, contact Bryan Sorrentino by email, bsorrentino@archoward.org or call 443-668-1834.
  • For questions about CDS and Intro to Employment, Independent Employment, and Omnicare, contact Robert Walker by email rwalker@archoward.org or call 443-977-0148.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation amidst these difficult times.

Regards,

Cindy Parr

Cindy Parr
Executive Director

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Communication to Families and Supporters of The Arc of Howard County: April 24, 2020

COVID-19/Coronavirus

April 24, 2020
Dear Families and Supporters of The Arc of Howard County
Thank you to all of you for your continued understanding and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are updating our information on closings at The Arc of Howard County.
Due to the continued spread of this virus in our community, we have decided to continue our suspension of specific services offered by The Arc of Howard County. As of today, Friday, April 24, 2020, our Day, Supported Retirement, CDS, Pre-employment classroom, and Omnicare will continue to be closed.
We will review the conditions in our community and provide
updates, as we monitor the county and state situations related to the COVID-19 virus. Our next update will be sent out Friday, May 8, 2020.
Individuals with community-based employment will continue to receive supports on a case-by-case basis. We feel that it is the most responsible action as we remain aligned with other entities in the state and county to flatten the curve of this virus in our community. This is a time that integration in the community is not the priority. Our goal is to minimize contact and encourage increased social distancing.
Our senior management is deploying staff to support our residential program to ensure supports are in place to continue to provide the necessary care. It is our hope that each and every family affected by these changes will understand this decision, as we work together to help keep everyone safe.
Both Maryland State Governor Larry Hogan and Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, have spoken of their efforts to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We must work collaboratively and do our part to ensure we minimize the effects of this virus on our community.
If you have questions or are seeking additional information related to these programs’ continued suspensions, please reach out to the individuals listed below.
  • For questions about Day and Supported Retirement, contact Bryan Sorrentino by email, bsorrentino@archoward.org or call 443-668-1834.
  • For questions about CDS and Intro to Employment, Independent Employment, and Omnicare, contact Robert Walker by email rwalker@archoward.org or call 443-977-0148.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation amidst these difficult times.
Regards,
Cindy Parr
Executive Director
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Communication to Families and Supporters of The Arc of Howard County: March 26, 2020

Coronavirus/COVID-19

March 26, 2020

Dear Families and Supporters of The Arc of Howard County

As many of you know, this is an unprecedented time with the continued spread of COVID-19. Due to the growing spread of this virus in our community, we are taking every precaution to protect the people we serve and our staff who provide critical supports to those individuals. It has been with great thought and consideration we have decided to continue our suspension of specific services offered by The Arc of Howard County.

As of today, Thursday, March 26, 2020, our Day, Supported Retirement, CDS, Pre-employment classroom, and Omnicare will continue to be closed through April 24, 2020. We will review the conditions in our community and determine whether services will resume after April 24th, as we monitor the county and state situations related to the COVID-19 virus.

Individuals with community-based employment will continue to receive supports on a case-by-case basis.  We feel that it is the most responsible action as we align with other entities in the state and county to flatten the curve of this virus in our community. This is a time that integration in the community is not the priority. Our goal is to minimize contact and encourage increased social distancing.

Our senior management will be deploying staff to support our residential program which will ensure supports are in place to provide the necessary care. It is our hope that each and every family affected by these changes will understand this decision and work cooperatively to help us achieve the goals of this action.

Both Maryland State Governor Larry Hogan and Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, have spoken of their efforts to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We must work collaboratively and do our part to ensure we minimize the effects of this virus on our community.

If you have questions or are seeking additional information related to these programs’ continued suspensions, please reach out to the individuals listed below.

  • For questions about Day and Supported Retirement, contact Bryan Sorrentino, bsorrentino@archoward.org 443-668-1834.
  • For questions about CDS and Intro to Employment, Independent Employment Omnicare, contact Robert Walker rwalker@archoward.org 443-977-0148.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation amidst these difficult times.

Regards,

Cindy Parr

Cindy Parr

Executive Director

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COVID-19 Update from The Arc of Howard County: March 24, 2020

Coronavirus/COVID-19

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New Information from our Executive Director Regarding Personal Supports and Respite Services for Families and People Supported by The Arc of Howard County

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Coronavirus Disease

Information from The Arc of Howard County

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

New Information from our Executive Director Regarding Personal Supports and Respite Services

For Families and People Supported by The Arc of Howard County

Re: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

With growing concerns and out of an abundance of caution by our organization, we are making major changes to our programs and services.

  • Effective today, 3/17/2020, Personal Supports will not be provided, except for supports deemed medically necessary. If you are unsure if you or your family member’s supports are medically necessary, please reach out to your Advocate.
  • Also, as of today, our Respite Services will be discontinued until further notice.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation amidst these difficult times.

Cindy Parr

Cindy Parr

Executive Director

NOTE: We will share additional updates with families and people supported through our website: www.archoward.org  To sign up for The Arc of Howard County newsletter, click here.

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Urgent! Coronavirus Alert–Closing Information from Executive Director, Cindy Parr

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Holiday Closing Information: December 25, 2019, and January 1, 2020

This is a reminder of The Arc of Howard County's office and program closings for the holidays. The Arc of Howard County​'s Employment, Day Program, and Supported Retirement and The Arc Transportation Services will be closed on Wednesday, December 25th, 2019, and Wednesday, January 1st, 2020. If you are supported by The Arc of Howard County and work on December 25th, 2019, and/or January 1st, 2020, please contact your Employment Specialist. If you have any questions, please contact The Arc of Howard County at 410-730-0638. Have a safe and happy holiday! #AchThe image shows snow-covered pine trees and a "Happy Holidays" banner.

This is a reminder of The Arc of Howard County‘s office and program closings for the holidays.

The Arc of Howard County​’s Employment, Day Program, and Supported Retirement and The Arc Transportation Services will be closed on:

  • Wednesday, December 25th, 2019
  • Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

If you are supported by The Arc of Howard County and work on December 25th, 2019, and/or January 1st, 2020, please contact your Employment Specialist. If you have any questions, please contact The Arc of Howard County at 410-730-0638. Have a safe and happy holiday!

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Holiday Closing Information: Thanksgiving

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Friendly Reminder: This a reminder of The Arc of Howard County office and program closings during Thanksgiving Week 2019:
 
  • The Arc of Howard County Community Integration Services-Employment, Day Program, and Supported Retirement, and The Arc Transportation Services will be closed on Thursday, November 28th, and Friday, November 29th, 2019. 
  • The Arc of Howard County Administrative Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28th, 2019.
  • If you are supported by The Arc of Howard County and work on either of the above dates, please contact your Employment Specialist as The Arc of Howard County does not provide transportation to individual job sites on November 28th and November 29th, 2019. If you have any questions please contact The Arc of Howard County at 410-730-0638.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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