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COVID-19: Update and Program Changes

 

Dear Friends and Families of the Kent Center,

As COVID-19 continues to be an evolving public health issue across the country. The health and wellness of people we support, employees, and stakeholders is our highest priority. We believe that everyone must play a part in preventing the spread of coronavirus and we ask for your patience and cooperation as we navigate this crisis. With continued concerns and an abundance of caution, we are making significant changes to Kent Center’s operations.

Effective at 5pm today, Tuesday, March 17, 2020 the following changes will go into effect:

Office Closures

All Kent Center offices will be closed effective Wednesday, March 18, until further notice. The Kent Center’s mainline will continue to be answered Monday-Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. You can reach us at 410-778-7303. The administration of Kent Center will be continuing their support of the staff and people in our programs both remotely and in person depending on their specific duties.

Impact to Programs and Services

Modifications to programs and services will continue as outlines below until further notice.

  • Community Living (residential services): All Kent Center group homes and personal support houses will continue to be fully operational, and people supported will continue to have meaningful days planned in accordance with social distancing guidelines. Visitors are discouraged from all Kent Center group homes; staff schedules will be modified to reduce the number of people coming and going in each house.
  • Personal Supports: Personal supports will operate with modifications. Families and employees should contact Tommy McKenzie (), Director of Programs with all questions.
  • Day Services: Closed starting March 18, until further notice. All people supported in Day Services are encouraged to stay home. Please contact Tommy McKenzie (), Director of Programs with all questions.
  • Employment Services: Highly Modified starting March 18, until further notice. Kent Center will only be providing transportation to and from work for people who are already employed and living in our Community Living homes. Please contact Lindsey Buckless (), Manager of Supported Employment with all questions.

Stay Connected

We are committed to keeping our social media channels up to date with event changes, programs and service changes. Please stay connected during this time. You can find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Kentcenterinc.org/), and our website: https://kentcenter.org/

We will continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus in our community and will continue to keep you updated.

Helpful Resources

As you make your own plans and consider how to limit contact with others, we’ve compiled a list of resources to help. Please refer to the CDC and the Maryland Department of Health websites for updates, information, preventative measures, FAQ's, and medical information. Links to this information can also be found on the Resources tab of our website.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of coronavirus or have been around confirmed cases of the flu and/or coronavirus – stay home and contact your healthcare professional immediately.

These are significant changes to our operations. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we prioritize the health and safety of the people we support, our employees, and our community. Please email our Media Contact, Courtney Williams at any questions.

Sincerely,

Wes Campbell

Executive Director

 
 
 
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