The County of Riverside Public Health Department contracted with RAP to serve as the administrator of the CARES Act Relief funds intended for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) in Riverside County.
The funds are to help SNFs operate safely during the COVID-19 epidemic which impacted nursing homes so severely. The eligible use of the funds included: Testing, Personal Protective Equipment, Infection Control, Education and Outreach, and Training.
As of August 1, RAP’s Grants Manager Eva Guenther-James, took on the CARES Act funding duties full-time, to ensure that the funds are allocated very quickly since there is a deadline of December 1. Eva is being assisted by Richard Jewik, who joined RAP for this limited time special project. We are fortunate to have Richard’s expertise and great attitude during this effort.
During this time, we are still accepting applications for Small Grants and Sponsorships, but postponing Request for Proposals until January.
Finally, most of us know someone who has been negatively impacted by COVID -19; these are difficult times. There are so many things out of our control, but we can still do our best by following the health guidelines intended to reduce the chances of getting infected; wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and maintain a “social distance” of at least six feet. We can take these steps for the sake of our own well-being and those we care about and our health care providers who continue to work on the brink of the next surge. While you are at it, get a flu shot.
Thank you all. For now, be safe and take care, and enjoy the (hopefully) cooler weather ahead.
Lety De Lara, CEO