Like all of you, we at KidsPeace are working hard to adjust to the changing realities of life in the face of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But we want to assure our supporters, partners, clients and families that our commitment to providing Hope, Help and Healing to our youth and our community has not and will not change.
- Our dedicated associates continue to care for kids in need and the families that rely on our services. Like all healthcare personnel on the front lines of this crisis, they are doing heroic work in difficult circumstances, and our top priority remains the safety and wellbeing of these associates and the youth they serve. Read a tribute to our associates from KidsPeace CEO Michael Slack, published in the Allentown Morning Call newspaper.
- KidsPeace has resources available to the general public to help kids and families navigate the unsettling issues surrounding the pandemic. Click here to learn more about these tools, including the MPE (mental health protection equipment) Toolkit. You can also read a guest column from Mike Slack and Dr. Matthew Koval in the Morning Call newspaper (Allentown, PA) on why chronic stress is a chief concern in the pandemic, and how the MPE Toolkit can help you cope with it.
We have instituted Infection Control plans to identify, isolate and when appropriate treat clients who present with symptoms of COVID-19, and to make sure associates who are ill stay home and away from our clients. We have also eliminated visits to our offices and facilities by people other than associates or clients and we are implementing tele-health services for home visits where possible, to prevent any further potential exposure of staff to the virus.
For the kids in our residential and hospital programs at the Orchard Hills Campus in Pennsylvania, we continue to provide educational programming while observing appropriate precautions. You can find out more in our PA Continuity of Education Plan and our Phased School Reopening Health and Safety Plan.
- KidsPeace has resources available to the general public to help kids and families navigate the unsettling issues surrounding the pandemic. Click here to learn more about these tools.
- Supporters of KidsPeace have asked how they can help us in this crisis. We are in need of both financial contributions and donations of needed equipment for our inpatient programs. If you would like to help, click here or on the images below.
We believe our response to the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates clearly how all of us at KidsPeace live our mission – to provide Hope, Help and Healing to children, adults and those who love them – every day.