To Our Alternatives Family,
In the midst of the current public health crisis that we are facing related to the coronavirus and COVID-19, we at Alternatives are closely monitoring new developments and information coming out from the CDC, NJ Department of Health and other governmental and non-governmental entities. Staying informed allows us to plan for and take measures to mitigate the negative impact on our clients and employees. Our primary focus is on the safety and well-being of the individuals we serve as well as our staff members, knowing that by looking out for their best interests, we are also looking out for the best interests of our community as a whole.
While we have established regular communication avenues with the individuals we serve and their families and guardians, as well as with our employees, currently, we are sending out these communications on a more frequent basis, providing not only updated agency specific information, but also information on how we can keep ourselves well and help to prevent the spread of illness.
The health and safety of the individuals we serve and our employees is at the heart of every decision we make. Our COOP Committee has been conducting regular meetings to update policies and procedures around emergency preparedness and adding COVID-19 specific information. We have made operational changes at Alternatives to minimize the risk of exposure. We are using technology to adjust work practices and are making efforts to replace face-to-face interaction where possible. This includes providing options to conference in for meetings, and conducting trainings in an on-line format.
These are just some of the measures we are taking to date to help assure the safe continuity of operations at Alternatives. As we move further along through this period of uncertainty, we will continue to take additional measures and make adjustments to our daily practices to respond to the information we receive.
While these are challenging and unprecedented times and the environment around us is uncertain, we can take comfort in the fact that we have a great team of dedicated staff and proactive and involved leadership at Alternatives. I am confident that together we will get through this current crisis and we will navigate these rough waters, and as we have shown in the past, it will demonstrate the strength, perseverance and viability of the agency.
Thanks for being part of the Alternatives’ family. Stay informed and healthy.
Nancy Good, MSW, LSW
President, Alternatives, Inc.