Here is how MABVI is adapting to the challenges of this crisis:
· All of our MABVI Peer Support group meetings have shifted from in-person to phone meetings.
MABVI’s in-home 1:1 volunteer services are being limited so our occupational therapists (OT) are contacting our blind clients, determining their needs, and identifying and coordinating services in their community.
OTs will also ensure that basic needs such as groceries and medications are met, coordinating efforts with existing elder services/housing organization and troubleshooting individual crises as necessary.
Isolation is a struggle; these forced mandates can be detrimental to one's mental health. Our clinical team is conducting depression screenings and working closely with MABVI's leadership to identify resources and referral supports for individuals as necessary.
We are reaching out to funders and generous donors to give to our
Emergency Response Fund
which will meet the critical and changing needs of MABVI’s statewide reach. The money raised will be directed immediately to areas of most need statewide, while also allowing us to maintain our day to day operations.
We know these are difficult and uncertain times, however your support today is allowing us to support so many who are at risk. Thank you for making a
I continue to be grateful for the support of our community and amazed by our incredible staff who have stepped up to respond to this unprecedented health emergency. It makes me proud to have such a dedicated and talented team.
We will get through this. Take care of each other. Stay healthy.