Clients and their support professionals at a pre-pandemic event put on by Partnerships in Community Living. (Submitted photo)
Partnerships in Community Living provides services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The nonprofit offers residential support, children's services, behavioral health services, and community-based employment.
According to Sarah Cinquini, stewardship director for the partnership, its top priority is the health and safety of the people they support, their direct support professionals, and the community. In order to adapt to COVID-19 regulations, the organization has regularly reviewed information and updated its health and safety guidelines and policies.
While visitors to homes of those the partnerships supports are currently restricted to "essential" only, the nonprofit is getting creative to make sure everyone stays connected with their community, family, and friends. The partnership has been working to ensure that all its staff and people they support have access to communication. They have been sending cards, letters, email, and making phone calls. They have also utilized Skype, Facetime, and Google Hangouts.
In addition, the Monmouth-based organization created a grocery shopping request program. Volunteers have been shopping and delivering groceries to the doorsteps of those who are staying home and healthy.
Needs: Face coverings are needed for the people they support and direct support professionals. They need 1,500 over the next few months. Learn more here.
Donate online: https://pclpartnership.salsalabs.org/donate/
Useful link: COVID-19 related information
Mary Louise VanNatta is a Salem public relations professional writing regularly for Salem Reporter. During the quarantine, she will be connecting with Salem nonprofits. Tell her about your nonprofit needs at [email protected] and follow her on Facebook.