For the first time in a year, I can actually see light at the end of this long tunnel we called “COVID.” While we NEVER closed, services looked very different over the past year. The team at the Harford Center has worked so hard to provide as much service as safely possible. As we begin to expand our service capacity and scope, we are proceeding with the utmost caution. We are still requiring masks, daily temperature checks, and daily disinfecting of all surfaces and vehicles. We have purchased a HEPA air scrubber for the building and backpack sprayer for the buses. Safety is our priority. As we begin to reenter to the community, we will continue to follow the CDC and DDA’s guidelines. At present, we have 72% of our staff vaccinated and 74% of our participants. We continue to encourage everyone who wants the vaccine to get vaccinated. If you are interested in getting vaccinated, please visit https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine or talk with a Harford Center team member for assistance.

Like other agencies, we are struggling with a staffing shortage and are working hard to hire the best staff. Many staff moved on due to the hardships caused by the pandemic; however, we have retained a record number compared to other agencies. On June 21st, we will return to our “core hours” of 9am to 3pm. We are working to get more vehicles back on the road and planning for community outings. As the weather warms up, so do our spirits. This year is our 60th Year Anniversary- the diamond anniversary. Like the diamond, the Harford Center is strong and resilient. We have learned a lot over the past year, and one of the most important lessons is how to be flexible and adaptive. We will continue to adapt to this ever-changing landscape, and we will thrive. Our mission has not changed, and we are committed to providing a meaningful day to every person we support. Thank you for your continued support and faith in our work.