The internet and news stations are flooded with updates on the coronavirus pandemic. Alongside the concerning reports, there are also stories of people all around the world who are showing up in heroic and everyday ways, helping one another and getting creative with ways to stay connected. Bell employees, too, are helping.
While our day and evening programs are temporarily suspended, the residential, supported housing, emergency shelter and transitional housing programs are open and operating.
Direct care professionals across our mental health, intellectual disability, and shelter services departments are working diligently to continue offering consistent quality care, and going above their typical duties to make sure individuals and families are getting the help they need. Staff are reaching out across departments and programs to help one another.
Folks in the community are helping, too. Packing up and delivering boxes of non-perishables, hygiene items, laundry detergent, toilet paper, etc. and making cash donations to help ease the additional burdens associated with the isolation situation.
Bell’s community engagement team is checking in regularly with each program for updates, which we’ll be sharing here with you. Stay tuned!