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

Today marks the 4th week of living with the COVID-19 crisis here at MAB Community Services. I can tell you first hand that this health crisis is impacting our organization, but together we will get through this. Sassy Outwater-Wright, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired, recently spoke to CNN about coping with this pandemic while living with a disability. What wonderful insight from first hand life experience. Thank you all for your support--I am sure you are as proud of our hardworking staff as I am as they serve the most vulnerable among us.
At the Massachusetts Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired our low vision peer support groups are resilient in so many ways. They've shifted from in person meetings to conference calls without skipping a beat. Trainers at our Access Technology Centers have created Zoom course s, to teach clients the latest in video conferencing and navigating basic VoiceOver. M ABVI STAFF have called over 1,000 consumers making sure they have access to food and medication and dispatching volunteers where there is a need to pick up deliver these critical items.
student in front of large screen with song lyrics--rehearsing for Extravaganza
At Ivy Street School , distance learning is happening, every student has an iPad while our teachers' lesson plans feature math, social studies, and science. Ivy's Occupational Therapists are supporting students and families virtually so there is no interruption in the acquisition of independent living skills, and personal care. Students are even rehearsing for Extravaganza via video conferencing with our musical director Ken.
MAB ADS Exceptional Care
At MAB Adult Disability Services, anxiety is high, though our team is responding with accurate information and quality care. Executive Director Shaun Kinsella is keeping our wonderful direct care staff informed via video chat and our clients and program participants are keeping fit and healthy with online exercise classes,
Alex Elwell, the Director of the Culinary program at Ivy Street, connected ADS with US Foods, so they can order food and cleaning products centrally. ADS staff then box it up for each group home to pick it up. This avoids health risks at public gatherings at local supermarkets.
We are so grateful for our community of supporters that have contributed to our Emergency Response Fund . To date we have raised over $110,000! At a time when everything feels uncertain, we find comfort and encouragement knowing that you care about the critical work we do. While much of the world has stopped, our work continues 24/7 as our mission cannot be placed on hold.

On behalf of all of us at MAB Community Services, thank you for being a part of our community. We wish you and your family health, safety, and happiness and want you to know that 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 .