We know the last few weeks have been difficult for everyone and acknowledge the stresses and pressures for families. As a service provider during this pandemic, Community Living Mississauga has also been faced with many challenges but we have also been responsive with solutions. We continue to work hard in our preventive measures to address this global pandemic. Although there was a situation of a COVID-19 diagnosis with a particular location, we are pleased to say that it was handled with the utmost care, attention and resolve. We are extremely grateful for our dedicated workforce. The over 500 employees of Community Living Mississauga are demonstrating commitment, courage and resilience, as they provide essential supports and services to people who have an intellectual disability during this most challenging time.
The following are just some of the preventative measures we have taken to keep everyone safe:
- mandatory screening of every employee
- visitors restricted to essential services only (unfortunately no family visits allowed at this time)
- social distancing
- donning of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as directed by the Government of Ontario
- home delivery of groceries as much as possible
- employees working only for Community Living Mississauga
Our sector has received incredible support and advocacy from a collaborative effort through Community Living Ontario and the Provincial Network. Just one example is the recent announcement by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services that stated temporary changes to eligible Passport and SSAH program expenses due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
As our organization adapts to a new reality due to COVID-19, we have been touched by the support we have received from the community. We thank everyone for their continued support.
People we support, families, volunteers, community partners, donors….we will get through this together!
Keith Tansley, Executive Director and the Senior Management Team