Caring, Compassion, and Critical Support During Crisis
Good Morning Friends, 

There are few times in life when we're presented with a challenges many of us could never imagine, the COVID 19 pandemic is one such challenge for many of us. MAB has risen to the occasion and I continue to be awe struck by the way our staff is responding. As Shaun Kinsella, the Executive Director of MAB Adult Disability Services says in his weekly video updates "Together--each doing our part, we will get through this."
"Extraordinary times require Extraordinary measures." MAB Community Services' Board of Director Fernando Albertorio and MABVI's Executive Director, Sassy Outwater-Wright, are navigating the COVID 19 pandemic with the added challenge of visual impairments. They created a video highlighting the importance of resilience, a positive attitude and asking for help when needed. You can watch it here
The Ivy Street School staff are supporting students still living at the school while also implementing distant learning for those students sheltered at home. Lesson plans are academic while also wrapping in services from Ivy's Clinical Team and Occupational Therapists. Check out a series of tips on our  Facebook page  for parents and students ranging from staying active at home to sharing household responsibilities and taking a technology time out. 
Adult Disability Services is providing care around the clock to more than 100 participants living in twenty group homes. Like many care facilities in the US we are dealing with positive cases of the coronavirus. Management has focused on securing and distributing PPE so that everyone is well protected and the contagion is controlled. Thanks to our generous network of donors and friends we continue to receive donations of masks and face shields every week. Check out the video of ADS staff preparing boxes for our group homes. ADS Supply Operation Center
Team With A Vision On the TODAY Show.
April 20th would have been Marathon Monday when MABVI'S Team With A Vision would have been running 26.2 miles supporting MABVI. Our runners have not let the postponement of the race damper their spirits and many are conducting virtual running and fundraising events. Team With A Vision's Joyce Cron was f eatured on THE TODAY SHOW for running 26.2 miles in her basement on the treadmill. Now that is THE SPIRIT OF THE MARATHON Go Joyce! You can watch the clip here.
Friends of MAB, MABVI, and Ivy Street School have been reaching out to support us during this crisis. I was touched by an email I received last week from Ken DoRosario. For years he has been a musical therapist for the Ivy Street School and the Musical Director for EXTRAVAGANZA! He is not letting the quarantine stop his music--in fact he is performing in his basement LIVE on Facebook--and donating proceeds to
MAB and the Ivy Street School "You and your organization have been so good to me over the years and for this I am very thankful. I hope my audience is feeling generous so that I can give a little something back."
Thank you Ken for your generosity and your talent!

MAB, as an organization, has risen to the occasion and together we will get through this. Thank you.

Thank you for your ongling support!
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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 .