Breaking barriers and helping to change lives through employment
Dear VAC Community,
I am writing to update you on VAC's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our primary focus at VAC is the safety and well-being of our clients, staff, colleagues, and communities. We want to thank our entire VAC community for coming together during the past few months and working to find new creative ways to ensure a continuation of services.
VAC's community placement team continues to work remotely to assist job seekers, employers, those receiving job coaching supports, families, and state funding sources. During this time, we have created a new service component that focuses on skills training. The program was designed to equip our job seekers with the tools that they need to safely adapt to the current conditions and prepare them for going back to work. We have also kept in contact with those served in our Community Based Day Program (CBDS), offering remote activities via ZOOM.
On June 6th, Governor Baker released more details on the 4-phased approach to reopening the Commonwealth. All in-person services for VAC's Community Based Day Program (CBDS) are deferred until at least phase 3 of the plan. In order to meet core health and safety standards, providers will likely have to resume in-person services at reduced capacity to allow for proper social distancing and adherence to other infection control protocol. These strategies to implement reduced capacity will include: Alternating or staggered schedules, criteria for identifying low-risk patients or those with highest need for in-person services
based on clinical, social, or other factors, and continuing to identify opportunities for remote or alternative delivery models. Transportation guidelines will also impact when and how we can resume in-person services. The VAC team is currently planning for how we can best meet these guidelines and continue to make safety a priority for all the members of our community. We will continue to communicate information as it becomes available and appreciate your continued patience.
Stay safe and healthy!
Amy E. Bell, Executive Director
The Vocational Advancement Center (VAC)
We're a non-profit, vocational services provider who has been serving the greater Boston community since 1957. Since our inception, we have been devoted to maintaining the highest level of programming available to help support our Consumers and Job Seekers to reach their full potential.