There is no question that this entire COVID-19 response is like nothing we’ve ever experienced. We’ve been suddenly faced with curfews, closures, product shortages and constantly breaking news updating us on the status of the spread of the virus. As I write this from my Teaneck home on Day 4 of our voluntary town-wide quarantine I thought that it would be a good time to bring you up to date about hip.
Both our Bergen and Hudson locations are closed to the public but we are all working remotely. We have been instructed to suspend all in-person interviews and meetings but our DDD Support Coordinators are keeping up with their consumers who need alternate programs and our Care Managers are in contact with the Human Services personnel in both counties to be sure that people with disabilities have what they need. While it’s difficult to conduct business from a laptop or telephone our staff has risen to the occasion and is doing a great job.
I am disappointed to report that our 40TH Anniversary Gala scheduled for May 1 must be postponed based on the state’s guidelines prohibiting large gatherings. We’ve been in contact with our guest, Eric LeGrand’s management team and they have agreed to work with us on a new date. Perennial DJ Gary Morton has also agreed to offer his talents to us “one more time”. We are very excited about dinner at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, our traditional gift basket tricky tray and a unique game offering many chances to win a wide range of prizes. As a matter of fact we’ve already collected over 50 prizes!
We will keep you informed about this and other happenings at hip on this website and on our Facebook page. If you need to contact anyone please call and leave a message to the specific person and we’ll get back to you ASAP. In the meantime, maintain safe distances, follow all of the advice from the CDC and stay safe. We will get through this.