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COVID-19 Edition Read the transcript at https://kesslerfoundation.org/sites/default/files/2021-05/Alternatives%2C%20Inc%20provides%2024%20hr%20support%20to%20those%20with%20intellectual%20disabilities%20during%20COVID-Ep15.pdf In 2020, Kessler Foundation awarded nearly $1 million in COVID-19 emergency grants to nonprofits faced with new and sudden challenges to serving people with disabilities in New Jersey. The Foundation’s COVID Emergency Fund provided funding for 37 grantees of Kessler Foundation’s employment grant program. In this mini-series, we explore how our COVID emergency grants supported these nonprofits as they adapted to a new reality, enabling us to continue toward our common goal – helping individuals with disabilities reach their goals of independence and self-sufficiency. In this episode, I spoke with Carolyn Suero, Vice President of Admissions and Program Development at Alternatives, Inc., of Raritan, New Jersey, which provides services to 500 clients in nine counties. Faced with providing 24/7 services to people with disabilities living in group homes and supervised apartments in the midst of a pandemic health crisis, Alternatives quarantined the majority of the agency’s clients at 24 locations. Because staff routinely rotate between work and home, preventative measures were necessary to ensure the safety of this vulnerable population, even in quarantine. With the Kessler Foundation Emergency Grant, Alternatives, was able to purchase masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, gowns, face shields, and other personal protective equipment to keep clients and staff safe. Learn more about Kessler Foundation Center for Grantmaking - https://kesslerfoundation.org/grant-programs and Alternative, Inc - https://www.alternativesinc.org ======================================================== Tuned in to our podcast series lately? Join our listeners in 90 countries who enjoy learning about the work of Kessler Foundation. Be sure and subscribe to our SoundCloud channel “KesslerFoundation” for more podcasts like this. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Listen to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, SoundCloud, or wherever you get your podcasts. This podcast was recorded on December 11, 2020 remotely and was edited and produced by Joan Banks-Smith, Creative Producer for Kessler Foundation.