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An AbilityFirst Update on COVID-19

April 21, 2021


A message from Lori Gangemi, CEO

I write to you with hope and optimism as the numbers of COVID infections continue to decrease and more of our community re-opens. Although, things are looking up, I know that the COVID pandemic has caused loss and suffering for many in our AbilityFirst community.

We are planning for a phased re-opening of our in-person programs sometime after May or June, as we expect infection rates to continue to decrease and more of the individuals in our programs can be fully vaccinated. At this time, the COVID vaccination is not required for participants and staff, however, we highly encouraged it. As of today, approximately 75% of AbilityFirst have received the vaccine and more are in process.

We are soon expecting more guidance from our partners at the Regional Center and Department of Developmental Services about the safe reopening of site-based programs. In the meantime, we are surveying our families to get their feedback on how we are doing and to better understand their needs going forward.

When we initially return to more in-person and site-based services, our programs may look a little different, for example, our hours of operation and schedules may need to change to accommodate social distancing and enhanced cleaning. We are also modifying our 2021 fundraising events to accommodate social distancing. Please visit our events page for more information.

Thank you for all your support of AbilityFirst.

Lori Gangemi






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