COVID-19 Updates

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3/30/20

Our sites will remain open and continue to abide by the guidelines set forth by Governor DeWine, DODD, the CDC, and the ODH, while providing a fun/educational environment for those individuals in attendance.


3/25/20

Today Congress and Senate are meeting to potentially put legislation in place that could change our tentative game plan moving forward. The legislation involves over $2 trillion of funding and has many different parts to it. Most of the information within this legislation hasn’t even been released yet, however from some of what we’ve already seen, it could drastically change the plans we’ve put in place for the upcoming weeks.

If this legislation is approved, you should expect to see an update. I would also encourage all of our families and home staff who have individuals continuing to receive services from all R friends to start thinking about back up plans just in case.

Thank you all for your continued patience and understanding. We are doing our best to keep up with the ongoing changes being passed down from Governor DeWine, DODD, ODH, CDC, and the federal government.

Stay well!

Ryan Cook
Executive Director


3/21/20

We have received a notification from DODD that clarified that the new Executive Order does not go into effect until Tuesday at 9pm. This means that at a minimum, all of our locations will be open Monday and Tuesday of this week.

Again, if there is enough of a need, all R friends will remain open at all locations. I have received several requests already from families in need, but we will need a certain number of requests in order to remain open. We will follow up with more updates soon. We are praying for you all and appreciate your thoughts and prayers as well.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding!

Ryan Cook
Executive Director


3/21/20

I am writing this to keep you all informed on how the most recent directives from Governor DeWine impact us. Earlier today in Governor DeWine’s announcement on Saturday, March 21st at 2:00pm, he stated that he is signing an executive order that will go into effect at end of business on Monday, March 23rd. This Executive Order will require the closure of all Day Programs for adults with developmental disabilities in the State of Ohio with the exception of settings of 10 people or less. As many of you are already aware, all R friends has already taken measures in the past week to downsize our groups to be 10 or less. We did this as soon as the White House had made the recommendation to avoid groups larger than 10 people. We are still awaiting clarification as to whether this Executive Order stipulates that 10 people or less means in one building or whether it means in one area of a building. Regardless we are hoping to be able to continue providing services for individuals who have no other options. Especially if an individual lives with you and you are considered essential personnel for places such as hospitals, first responders, utility workers, or government officials. Please contact me as soon as possible so we can determine what that need is. Based upon the response we receive, we may be keeping certain locations open.

We will also continue to provide services for our Supported Living division as this is required care.

I know that many of you have contacted me over the past week stating that you are hopeful all R friends would remain open as you are relying on our care for your loved ones due to your personal situations. This is why we have done everything we can to remain open.

These closures will be temporary, however we have not received information yet as to how long these closures will be in effect. Please know that we are doing everything we can to ensure everyone’s health and safety at all R friends. We will be following up with everyone once we have more information. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

We want to thank you all for the encouraging emails and phone calls. We truly appreciate all the kind words from everyone. While these precarious times can be unsettling, we will get through this together.

Ryan Cook
Executive Director