PRIDE Inc. continues to keep the health and safety of all our participants, employees, and the Taunton community as our top priority. As we continue to enter Phase 3 of our re-opening of our Day Habilitation Program as well as our Community Based Day Programs, we do so in a slow and methodical manner.
While most of PRIDE’s programs continued to flourish during the pandemic, some did not. With the mandatory closing of our day programs, many participants were left without services. We are happy to report that we have worked closely with the State of Massachusetts, the CDC, and our funding sources to bring back participants to both of these programs.
We have carefully considered factors such as group size and room layouts of our new pods (set stable groups) for program participants and our workforce. All participants have their own desk and space, which no one else utilizes. We have also implemented the screening of all individuals entering the building based on the CDC guidelines. Throughout the building one can see our new normal with signage on social distancing, wearing a mask, hand washing stations, touchless hand sanitizers, as well as reminders throughout the building to wash your hands. We have also put into effect a “no visitors policy.” Please contact PRIDE if needing accommodations for any in-person business. We can be reached at 508-823-7134.
Even with the small opening of these programs we continue to connect with those who have yet to return to PRIDE via Zoom sessions, wellness checks, and all other possible tele-health encounters. PRIDE Inc. continues to work closely with our collaborators, the Providers' Council and ADDP to update our guidelines to comply with the Mass. Department of Public Health.
As we continue to maneuver through this difficult time, PRIDE would like to express our gratitude to our dedicated staff, our community partners, stakeholders, Board of Directors, and especially the families who have been working with us throughout this pandemic to deliver the best outcomes for everyone.