LifeLinks CLASS was pleased to receive a grant from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF) as part of its Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund. The vulnerable population that we support was hit especially hard during the pandemic, with the sudden suspension of day programs and community-based activities. This critical support has allowed us to continue to provide high-quality residential care and virtual supports to the LifeLinks CLASS community.
Without the generosity of funders, such as GLCF, we would not have been able to sustain an essential workforce comprised of nearly 180 direct support professionals, program nurses, and managers. Adapting during these challenging times has required a new level of investment in staffing, technology, and PPE.
“The care champions of LifeLinks CLASS truly are on the front lines of the community’s COVID-19 response, providing critical services and supports to 800 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families,” says CEO Jean Phelps.
As we navigate the resumption of facility-based day programs, our top priority remains the safety and wellbeing of our program participants, caregivers, and staff. “I am in awe of the unwavering commitment and dedication of our Care Champions throughout the pandemic,” says Michael Bloom, LifeLinks CLASS Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer. “I eagerly continue to seek additional opportunities to support the mission, vision, and sustainability of LifeLinks CLASS.”