August 28, 2020

Hello Everyone:

Summer is passing us by & soon it will be Labor Day. It’s nice to still have the warm weather because we know what is coming. However, Autumn time is quite beautiful in Michigan. I really like the change of color in the leaves.  While it’s hard to say goodbye to summer warmth and fun, there’s still a whole lot to love about autumn. With fall comes Halloween, crisp breezes, and golden light and changing leaves,

As most folks know, Arkay had to close down on March 19 due to the COVID 19 Pandemic for health & safety of our consumers & staff. During this time off Arkay paid all of our employees with benefits. Arkay recently reopened our doors on July 1. Again, we are offering are vocational & day programming; & now have several sites that offer supported employment. We just added 2 new employment sites: a mortgage company & Chilis. If your loved one needs a staff to help them for a home activity or skill building, we would be glad to assist you in this matter. We can come to the home if requested.

If you have a loved one who can’t attend in person, Arkay has virtual skill building (VSB) which can assist your loved one. We have a great team who has put together a great curriculum for the people we serve. I really think you would enjoy being part of this program. These sessions have been very welcomed by our participants. Our team is very dedicated to helping our consumers to connect with others using technology. We will soon have the September calendar for VSB. I know that there will be a great variety of class discussions. It is very enjoyable.

Please feel free to call with any questions. We would be glad to assist you in any way possible. The number is 734-282-8055.

Also, Arkay has an excellent “Return To Work Plan” which indicates are high standards of health & safety for everyone. All Arkay staff have been tested for COVID 19. Keeping employees & consumers safe is our priority. To accomplish this task, we have created various procedures for screening employees who return to work, which includes taking temperatures, wearing masks, protective gear, & social distancing.  Program Directors will be assisting with coordinating the return and implementation of our new health and safety measures upon return to program.

I hope & pray that all of you are well. Remember, this challenging time will come to pass. Psalm 30 states “weeping may endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning.” It won’t always be this way. Enjoy every moment. Stay healthy.

Very Sincerely,

Kevin

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