COVID-19 Agency Update: April 1, 2021

Dear Cantalician Community:

I am very pleased to report that since the last agency update, our focus has finally shifted from developing and implementing safety protocols to assisting eligible students, individuals, and staff to receive vaccines. A standing ovation to John Augustyn and the entire COVID-19 Response Team! Due to their hard work and vigilance, 60 percent of our staff members and more than half of the adults we support have received a vaccine. For anyone still in need of information on the COVID-19 vaccine(s), please check out this informational webinar by the Developmental Disabilities Alliance of WNY (DDAWNY): https://youtu.be/a4_mz_pO3rk

As Erie County reopened, certified Day Habilitation reopened following COVID-19 protocols. Everyone is thrilled to be back in-person and reconnecting. Thank you all so much for making this happen.

Kudos to the entire educational team of the school age and preschool services for quickly moving into a four day a week service model. It’s heartwarming to see so many students back at school. The sounds of excitement and laughter in the building is music to my ears.

Employment Services continues to increase its customer-base providing more and more work opportunities for the people we support.  Thanks to all the hardworking staff who have maintained a breakneck pace throughout the entire pandemic.

In case you haven’t been keeping track, over the last 12 months, we have closed, reopened virtually, reopened in-person, closed again, went back to virtual services, and thankfully are now back to doing what we do best, providing in-person services. The amount of strength, fortitude, dedication, and creativity that everyone displayed has been immeasurable. I will forever be grateful to the dedication and diligence of the entire Cantalician family. All of your hard work has paid off. We have all grown from this crisis, both personally and professionally. I am very happy (and a bit relieved) to say we have emerged as a stronger organization.

Please continue to monitor your email and our website for updated information regarding our services. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to CovidResponse@Cantalician.org.

Please stay safe and remember to wear your mask.

Anne Spisiak, Executive Director

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