November 19, 2020
NF Habilitation Family,
I pray that this email/letter finds you healthy and safe, and thank you all for your patience during these difficult times. For the past eight months, we’ve all had to be creative and adapt to the new, difficult, and frightening conditions to serve the most vulnerable among us. We all were/are “overwhelmed”. However, we continued to resiliently band together to find ways to conform, while continuing to help the individuals that we serve.
Back in March (and still applies today), Not Forgotten was proactive in hiring Habilitation families, provisionally, to not only keep our individuals engaged, but also offset some of the additional cost incurred due to being home all day/ every day. Unfortunately, we have, once again, found ourselves in the same predicament. To remain vigilant in this fight to mitigate the spread, NF will adhere to the Allegheny County guidance issued on November 18, 2020. Their request is as follows:
Residents are advised to only leave home to go to work or school, for essential needs such as seeking medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, getting food, or the like.
While we (NF) are unable to dictate or enforce how you respond to the Advisory, we have selected to comply. Although exhausted from the effects of the pandemic, it is still very much a real issue, and we need to remain highly cautious; including wearing protective equipment, social distancing, and regular handwashing and sanitizing safety precautions.
What this means for Habilitation:
Unless the individual resides alone, and/or requires staff assistance with essential needs, effective immediately, NF will forgo all Habilitation services until further notice.
I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but there are precious lives at stake…each and every one of ours.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions/comments.
Sonja Garnett-Williams, MBA
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