Caring, Compassion, and Critical Support During Crisis
Good Morning Friends, 
  We watch the reports on TV and read in the paper the stories about the coronavirus, but the numbers, scary as they are, don't seem real until someone who is part of your life dies. Today we mourn the loss of a beloved member of the MAB community, Maxo Joseph.
Maxo  loved his work. He knew it was important. The direct care staff at MAB's Adult Disability Services are working tirelessly under challenging circumstances. They are continuing to persevere, caring for vulnerable people who depend on their dedication during this critical time.
We live in a time of uncertainty but the stress of working in a time of contagion has totally changed our reality. .
Behind The Scenes: Delivering Critical Food and Supplies
FOOD IS LOVE
Maxo Joseph loved working at MAB Adult Disability Services. For 19 years he lovingly cared for adults with developmental disabilities--he also loved to cook and feed others. He was everything you'd want a residential counselor to be. He was loving and nurturant, reliable and skilled, beloved by all who knew him. To honor his work and his passions local restauranteurs and chefs are cooking up dinner for our staff. PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO because Food is Love.
Food and Supply Command Center MAB ADS
AN ARMY FOR GOOD
Denby Road in Allston is the home of MAB Adult Disability Services. The Day Program is closed due to the coronavirus but it has been converted to a Food and Supply Command Center. Each week an army of MAB volunteers sort and ship supplies to dozens of group homes across the greater Boston Area. Keeping our program staff and participants healthy takes an army of do gooders. WATCH THEM IN ACTION

CHANGES AT IVY STREET SCHOOL
Due to the Governor's order for schools to remain closed for the rest of the school year, sadly, Ivy Street School must postpone some of the favorite end-of-the-year events including the prom, Extravaganza, and graduation.
Adapting to a changing reality. As I've reported before everyone at MAB is adjusting in creative ways to provide the level of critical care to the individuals we serve. For our MABVI volunteer Julia it meant trying to figure out how to read mail to one of her consumers while not being physically there to do it. Mail needs to be read and bills paid even during a pandemic. Julia cleverly figured a way to do it over SKYPE. Fran opened her mail and held it to the camera on her computer and Julie read it aloud. It's so simple yet so important. I also want you to take a look at the  video  produced by the volunteer staff in recognition of National Volunteer Week. This was sent to all our volunteers along with a card to show how much we appreciate them every day of the year! Kudos to Nikki Laird, Program Assistant, for putting the whole video together. 
#GivingTuesdayNow , a global day of giving and unity, will take place tomorrow, as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Generosity has the power to unite and heal communities in good times and bad. We have seen it every day in our community from the donations of masks, meals, supplies, and personal time, to the generous donations to our COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND . The fund was created to address our new and ever-changing needs and added expenses to make sure our clients, students, consumers, and direct care staff stay healthy while maintaining our critical day to day operations.
Whether you make a donation tomorrow during this unique "GIVING TUESDAY" or one today thank you. Let’s come together to create a wave of generosity, citizen engagement, and action to continue this spirit of giving back.

Together we give and together we will get through this.
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Barbara Salisbury
CEO MAB Community Services

P.S. I encourage you to visit our Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates pages on our 3 websites for helpful resources and details on what each individual program is doing .