The United Arc is an essential business that has been in full operation throughout the current public health emergency to ensure the safety and well-being of the individuals and families we serve. Our staff are all essential personnel, indispensable, never more so than now. As such, our expenses to maintain our operations have not abated and to a great extent have substantially increased by the extraordinary costs not only associated with infection control and prevention,but sufficient staffing to meet these new challenges.
This has caused an additional hardship for The United Arc in providing the level of service and support the individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities we serve and their families have come to depend on during this difficult time.
This year has presented unprecedented challenges, not only for The United Arc, but for everyone. Here at The United Arc we are responsible for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the individuals and families we serve as we navigate this new world of COVID-19. As health care providers all of our staff are essential personnel and as such, our organization has continued in full operation throughout.
We have always enjoyed coming together with our growing network of volunteers, members, staff, stakeholders, community and business partners, and the individuals and families we serve to celebrate our mission of supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in achieving the universal goals of inclusion, choice and independence. We could always look forward to a range of events such as our Annual Gala & Auction, Annual Business Meeting, Open Houses showcasing Talents and Pursuits, the Annual Summer Picnic, among others.
Sadly, this was not possible in 2020. For us, 2020 was The "UnEventFull" Year.