June 28, 2021
A message from Lori Gangemi, CEO
I am excited to be writing to you at a time when the number of COVID infections is at an all-time low, since the beginning of the pandemic, and our community has begun to fully reopen. Although I am overjoyed that things are getting back to normal, I grieve for the loss and suffering experienced by many during the COVID pandemic.
AbilityFirst has started our return to site-based services at our community centers, and we have increased in-person services for our community-based programs. We are taking a phased approach, opening our buildings gradually, with a small number of participants at a time and with modified days and times.
The AbilityFirst staff has worked diligently to ensure our reopening plans follow regulatory guidelines from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and Community Care Licensing. The lifting of mask mandates for vaccinated people may not apply in all our programs or buildings. For example, the California Department of Public Health still requires that masks be worn by everyone in a childcare facility, such as our afterschool program, or a long term care facility, such as our adult day program or group homes (unless exempt due to a medical or disability reasons).
We know one of the best ways to protect everyone as we return to in-person and site-based programs is to get vaccinated. Fortunately, almost 90% of our staff are now fully vaccinated.
We thank you for your continued support of AbilityFirst.