Crisis doesn’t create character…it reveals it.


Last Update – May 25 , 2020
 
 
Thank you!
 
Reena would like to recognize the leadership and generosity of the following corporations, especially during these difficult times, for donating goods and services to the benefit of our individuals, their families and the staff supporting them:
 

 

 

 


Shaun Chen, MP for Scarborough North offers his appreciation for the work Reena’s front line workers do.
 
 
 
Hon. Judy Sgro, MP for Humber River-Black Creek (Ontario) extends her wishes to Reena’s staff. 
 
 
Hon. Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, congratulated Reena for its recent efforts supporting individuals with developmental disabilities during these difficult times.
 
 
 
UPDATE – April 8
 
Family Visits During Pandemic Outbreak
We would like to ask all families to refrain from visiting family members these days.
 
As you can imagine, the health and safety of our individuals are out top priority, and while we encourage using technology to keep in touch with your family members, physical visits expose everyone to unnecessary risk.
Some of our most dedicated staff, who are working tirelessly to continue providing care and supports while putting their own health and safety on the line, should not fear coming to work worried about additional exposure to the individuals from their families.
We understand it is not easy for all of you. Nor it is for us. But this is not for long.

We will get 
through this – together.
 
We urge every family to check in with their Supervisor for the latest updates. We are in an emergency mode, where conditions change frequently. While we try to maintain constant communications with all of you, it is important you contact your Supervisor and protect the people we serve.

Update – March 23rd, 2020

Today, the Ontario Government ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective as of Tuesday, March 24th at 11:59 p.m. This closure will be in effect for 14 days with the possibility of extending this order as the situation evolves. Full announcement HERE.
 
Reena and its programs are not subject to the closure above and will maintain its current services, under the limitations indicated in previous emails.
 
We maintain an ongoing conversation with the government, making sure the health and safety of our individuals are a top priority.
 
“Nothing Can Dim The Light Which Shines From Inside” (Maya Angelou)

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, Reena would like you to know that the health and well-being of our supported individuals, families, employees and volunteers has always been our primary focus. 

Reena is committed to doing everything we can to protect the health and safety of our individuals, their families, our staff and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During these unprecedented times, we must be prepared to make many decisions very quickly, at all levels of the organization. To support this, we need to stay true to our values : 

CareCompassion and Justice – Chesed Ve Tzedek
LeadershipRepair the World – Tikun Olam
EmpowermentValue Others as You Value Yourself – V’ahavta L’reacha Kamocha
Accessibility: Remove Barriers – Lifnei Iver Al Tasim Michshol
RespectHonour Our Humanity – Kvod Habriyot

Therefore, all of our decisions will filter through the following lenses:

  1. Focus on those most at risk and move outward in widening circles.
  2. Take care of ourselves – practice self care for ourselves, our staff and those we support
  3. The way we support ourselves, and those in our care,  should add value and provide knowledge
  4. Be transparent and open to change
  5. Hold each other accountable, set up support and peer-initiated accountability
  6. Lead through action and compassion

Reena’s residential individuals will be supported in their homes and will not be attending day programs. We are committed to ensuring life within the homes carries on as close to normal as possible by keeping groceries and supplies in stock and offering creative programming to bring meaningful activities into the home, as well as safe activities outdoors, applying the principles of social distancing. This excludes our typical activities, like movies.

We continue to monitor all public health directives, and implemented our emergency health procedures in order to be ready. The information and direction are based on the data we have now and may change as new information is provided.

Our staff are continuing to be screened each day and are monitoring individuals for any signs of influenza-like symptoms.

We encourage everyone to visit trusted public health websites to ensure you get the most accurate and up to date information. 

For more information please visit: 

https://www.publichealthontario.ca/ 

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus