NOTE: The Campbell Center continues to provide services for Associates, adapting to the circumstances of the pandemic. Pastimes services are primarily remote, engaging Associates through virtual art classes, museum and zoo tours and educational activities. In the meantime, we are exploring opportunities for in-person services while adhering to personal protective equipment and distancing protocol. Our residences have continued services with increased safety and hygiene restrictions for staff and residents to reduce the risk of an outbreak. Finally, we’re adapting our Supported Employment Program to the changing circumstances. We’re proud to continue serving our Associates during this time. Please check back for updates on our response to COVID-19.
Due to changing circumstances and multiple departments needing helping simultaneously, the best way to support our Associates is to donate through our General Donation page. This allows to purchase necessary items including PPE, groceries, cleaning supplies, and transportation costs for in-person services.
Associates hold up their sketches after an art lesson.
To help overcome isolation and stay engaged while at home, The Campbell Center (TCC) worked quickly in March to get its Associates online. Staff contacted each Associate and ensured everyone had access to a device. Then staff worked with them remotely to teach them the basics on how to use it. The next step was learning how to use an online meeting platform so everyone could be together. Once the stage was set, TCC got creative and began planning its own virtual live art lessons.
These art lessons are hosted by Rachelle, a TCC Associate herself and a recent CSUN graduate in animation. Each lesson lasts about a half hour and embraces a variety of skill levels. Topics include fundamentals, like learning about the color wheel, as well as how to use basic shapes to learn to sketch their favorite animated characters. The lessons require just a pencil and paper, so anyone can participate. While the live art lessons are for just several Associates at a time, they are recorded and uploaded to YouTube, where anyone can access them and follow along from home.
Our staff members responsible for keeping our Associates safe and in good health at our 3 homes don’t think of themselves as heroes, but we do! Their commitment to our residents is the reason we have not had any outbreaks. We cannot thank them enough for their dedication.
Beyond their usual day-to-day duties of cooking meals and supervising chores, they’ve stepped it up. These days they are diligently maintaining cleanliness in the homes, enforcing new distancing rules and setting up technology for virtual enrichment activities. And most importantly, they keep our associates’ spirits up.
The statewide shelter-in-place order has been especially important for adults with intellectual disabilities: recent studies from Syracuse University indicate they are four times more likely to contract COVID-19 than their non-disabled peers. This increased risk of infection poses challenges for service providers like The Campbell Center whose community programs are places where Associates rely on the camaraderie of their peers.
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