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COVID-19 Preparations

To the Pathlight Community

We understand that the news about COVID-19 is challenging and ever-changing. Trying to decipher what is best for you, your family and the individuals and families we support can be hard and anxiety producing.  We are working very closely with each other, other providers, our trade organizations and state funders to navigate and come up with action plans.  This unprecedented situation is more than one person, family or provider can solve.  As we work together, we have the best chance of limiting the spread and impact of this virus.

Here at Pathlight (including Autism Connections, Whole Children, Milestones and Family Empowerment) we have been responding to the COVID-19 pandemic for several weeks and we continue to actively assess the situation and respond according to the current and anticipated situation. The Pathlight Executive Leadership Team is meeting daily to evaluate credible information, work with our funders, and implement strategies to support the Pathlight community.

Below is a current report on our situation. We will update this as needed.

Program Locations and Offices

Offices

In an effort to protect the individuals we serve and the staff who care for them, we are practicing social distancing by minimizing the number of people in our worksites and our in-person interactions with co-workers.  We are working to arrange for as many staff as possible to work remotely.

All of our sites (offices and residences) are closed to visitors and our offices will have minimal staff and services available. By doing this, we limit the number of potential contacts between people and therefore the opportunities for spread. This also allows the leadership team to focus our efforts on doing everything we can to support and protect the essential staff that we count on to come into work and provide critical services for the people we serve.

At this time our offices are not closed. Critical functions such as health and safety trainings and rep payee processing functions will continue.  We will continue to be here for staff, care providers and families via phone and email.  If you need to visit an office that you don’t normally work in, please call ahead or talk with your supervisor about making other arrangements.

Residential

All Residential homes will be checking temperatures of staff when they report to work and sending people home if their temperature is 100.3 per current CDC recommendation. We are restricting visitors to our homes and are setting up webcams in homes to help families stay in touch.

Family Services

Family Services are curtailing physical home visits unless approved by management for a specific situation.  They will be calling and video conferencing with families, care providers and individuals on a regular basis.

 Whole Children/Milestones enrichment classes

Classes are currently on a scheduled break. We have delayed the start of the new session for two weeks, and are currently scheduled to start back up on April 13 if all is well.

Milestones Day Program, Inclusive Community Center

The Milestone Community Based Day program will close March 17 through April 7, unless we are given different directives.

2019 News

‘A mean-spirited cut’: Valley residents react to DeVos proposal to eliminate funding for Special Olympics

March 28, 2019

Documentary Short 'Ethan' Is A Portrait Of An Amherst Family And Their Son With Autism

March 28, 2019

2018 News

Advocacy Network Donates $17,000 to Whole Children

December 2018

Grant to help Pathlight expand Whole Selves program for developmentally disabled, autistic students

December 18, 2018

With the Joyful Chorus, Every Voice is Heard

October 26, 2018

Emily List Fund benefits arts programs, including Whole Children of Hadley

June 26, 2018

Eric Carle Museum to feature 'Penderwick' author Jeanne Birdsall

June 3, 2018

Whole Children’s Goose Chase set for Sunday

May 16, 2018

‘Ethan at 21’: Filmmaker tracks the life of an autistic boy and his family

February 12, 2018

Family’s Story about Living with Autism to Screen at Film Festival

January, 2018

2017 News

Teen overcomes stroke, Down syndrome to dance in ballet this weekend

December 8, 2017

Let's Dance! Regina Norling on 93.9 The River

November 17, 2017

Looking Into the Future for a Child With Autism

Ethan and his family have taken advantage of Pathlight programs and services over the years. Cammie McGovern is one of the founders of Whole Children.

August 31, 2017