“Kara and I log onto their Zoom classes seven days a week. I don’t know what we’d do without them!”
Care champions at work! We loved reading about the impact of the LifeLinks CLASS Family Support Center growing virtual calendar alongside Bridgewell and Riverside Community Care in yesterday’s Boston Globe! Read the full article here.
Picture courtesy of The Boston Globe
CEO Jean Phelps was recently interviewed by Vox in a feature story on the challenges that people with intellectual disabilities are facing during the pandemic.
“In order for a resident of a group home or other residential service to have that full life, they need dedicated, compassionate staff who can support them, guide and mentor them, and help them to achieve the personal goals that each has for their own lives,” said Jean Phelps, CEO of LifeLinks CLASS, an organization that provides support to people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.
Before COVID-19, Phelps told me, it was hard enough to recruit staff to help residents, given the low wages and that many people don’t appropriately value the work. With day programs and work opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities shut down during the pandemic, some agencies were having issues maintaining safe staffing levels with residents being at home more often.”
Read the full story here.