Dear AHRC Community,
I hope this email finds you safe and well. As the warm spring weather starts and we close another week of social distancing, of course, all of our thoughts go to when we can come together again. Regrettably, New York State’s criteria for phased re-openings may not be met, here on Long Island, for the next few weeks.
Please know we are eager to return to providing supports and services as soon as it is safe to do so. We know the importance of our daily services in the lives of the people we support and their families. Our virtual programs have sought to reflect as much of the connection and sense of community as possible. Our exceptional residential, clinical, psychology and day services professionals have all found new and creative ways to hold meetings, offer services and maintain the relationships we value so much.
The joy of giving back and engaging with the larger community also continues. On the residential home front, AHRC houses are choosing to help make baskets for senior centers facilitated by our Family Support Services team, while volunteers in the community are joining the people we support through virtual sessions, more and more.
It is our relationships that make our community so strong. At the heart of AHRC is, of course, our direct support professional team. Every day, DSPs bring their best to the people we support. As other services remain virtual, their in-person support becomes even more meaningful. Your words of thanks on our Facebook and Instagram account are appreciated, but I do also urge you to continue sending this letter to our local lawmakers. The House has revealed a stimulus package proposal and may vote as soon as Friday, May 15. By sending this letter, you are helping ensure the needs of our staff and community are seen and heard.
Thank you for your support and trust in us as we move forward and through this health crisis. I send you all my best wishes for good health.
Stanfort J. Perry