At The Arc of the Quad Cities Area we hope that everyone reading this update is remaining strong and hopeful as we navigate our way through this crisis together. We at The Arc continue to strive each and every day to balance providing meaningful services to people with disabilities while ensuring the health and safety of everyone. We are a strong agency comprised of many caring people, and this crisis is hard on each of us. When things are going well we get to share in each other’s successes, and when things are difficult and/or sad we share in each other’s trials. In this crisis we have had to share in each other’s grief, but we remain hopeful that in the long run we will see more successes that will balance out this grief.
As Illinois moves into Phase III of the Restore Illinois plan we anticipate seeing additional opportunities for activities outside of the houses for our community. However, The Illinois Department of Human Services has informed us that our Community Day Services will remain closed through the end of June. The Arc of the Quad Cities Area has been reaching out to families and people served to gather input from day program participants and planning internally so we will be ready to open when the time comes. We know the programs will not look exactly the same when we finally can re-open, but our main goal will be the health and safety of everyone participating.
Each person who lives at home with supports from The Arc of the Quad Cities Area remains engaged in a variety of activities that our creative staff come up with each day. With the onset of warmer, dryer weather, people are going to be offered more options and choices of what to do each day as more time will be spent outside. The Illinois Department of Human Services has asked that providers determine what safe, socially distant visitation looks like at each of our homes. This means we still cannot go back to our ‘normal’ visits from family and friends, but we do want to continue to work with you to ensure you can safely visit those you care about. If you want to arrange a visit with appropriate social distancing practiced, please reach out to your QIDP for support in arranging an individualized visit that meets everyone’s needs.
I want to thank you all for ongoing support of The Arc of the Quad Cities Area. If you find yourself with an inspired idea of how you can help The Arc, or if you have questions, please reach out to us. You can reach out directly to your QIDP, you can call us at 309-786-6474 or contact us through our website at www.arcqca.org.