On March 18, 2020, the NJ Department of Developmental Disabilities closed all day programs. For the next 6 months, our residents would have to remain in their group homes until further notice. With consumers learning to live in this “new normal,” our Program Managers had to be creative in coming up with ideas to keep our consumers active and engaged.
In July 2020, Enable launched virtual day program services using Zoom. Several group homes created “art galleries” to display the creative projects designed by our consumers. Our staff also worked hard to teach consumers about the importance of wearing masks, and each consumer received a custom designed mask based on their individual interests.
On September 28th, Enable’s day programs re-opened at 25% capacity with a daily rotating roster of individuals from various group homes. With constant guidance from the state government, we were able to operate all locations in Princeton and Middlesex until mandated otherwise.
However, due to the rampant increase of COVID-19 cases across the state and country in late fall of 2020, the Department of Developmental Disabilities did in fact mandate that all day programs close for a second time on November 25th.
In order to ensure our consumers’ and employees’ safety, we must take extra measures in order to clean residential spaces and provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to our dedicated staff. As one might imagine, the cost of these supplies has skyrocketed due to their growing need around the world.
If you would like to make a donation that goes directly toward purchasing PPE supplies in support of our Group Homes, please take some time to visit the link below and make a contribution!
With your help we can continue to provide the highest level of service and security to the individuals we serve.