COVID-19 is certainly proving to be a marathon!
UCP Oregon is committed to responding to COVID-19 in a way that keeps customers, employees, and the community safe.
At this time, there are no plans in the works to change our current strategies (keeping the office closed and limiting face-to-face supports as possible).
If needed, we will make some adjustments in specific service areas to be responsive to customer needs. But, rest assured, that these adjustments will be made cautiously and thoughtfully.
As always, we thank our employees. All of them are working under unprecedented conditions, especially those that are providing in-person supports. Many folks have experienced changes to their roles and duties, and are having far less social interaction with team members. They are handling these changes with grace and grit.
A shout-out to our customers as well. Many folks have their supports changed or paused. We're grateful for their flexibility and resilience.
We'll get through this, together. One day and one step at a time.
Our customers are our best role models during this time of uncertainty. They're the real experts at navigating barriers, exceptions, and challenges. They already know how to wade deep into unknown waters, deal with uncertainty, and find coping mechanisms.
Our employees are, as always, rising to any challenge, whether it's finding personal protective gear and emergency supplies, or finding ways to help customers socialize at a distance. It is clear that we ALL take the business of providing human services seriously.
One day, one customer, one step at a time.
Ann Coffey, Executive Director
We have also partnered with a few local provider agencies to acquire a few deals. And, as needed, our Executive Director, Ann, makes weekly trips in her truck to pick up and distribute orders.
And we have, so far, been able to keep our employees "whole."
We still need your help, though... more than ever! Thanks for your support!
As you might know, this week was the scheduled launch of the Bill Porter PORTER, which Deschutes Brewery created exclusively for UCP to raise funds and awareness for UCP's Bill Porter Memorial Fund.
Alas, the downtown Deschutes pub (like so many businesses in Oregon) is closed for now.
We still want to take the time to say THANK YOU to Deschutes, though.
We look forward to gathering at the Deschutes Brewery... hopefully sooner than later!
MAKE A FACE MASK
Do you have sewing skills? UCP Oregon is in crucial need of face masks. You can make one quickly and easily by following the instructions below.
We are in critical need of the following. Please donate:
HOW TO DONATE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS/MASKS
Items can be dropped off at (or mailed to) the UCP Oregon Office, which is located at 305 NE 102nd Ave, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97220.
Currently our front office hours are 10am to 3pm, Monday-Friday. Please call 503-777-4166 to confirm those times have not changed, or if you have any questions.
If you have a large quantity of items to donate, we may be able to pick them up depending on your location. Please email or call 503-777-4166.
FROM THE DESK OF ANN COFFEY,
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF UCP OREGON
Dear customers, family members, providers, and community partners,
I want to update you about how UCP Oregon is navigating the impact of COVID-19. We are taking into consideration the variety of risks and support needs of the 500+ people we support; their families; and their service providers (including 200+ UCP Oregon employees).
We are here and accessible, but we’re shifting how we engage with the people we support in an effort to protect those who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19.
The following strategies are in place, effective immediately until further notice:
A Note for Customers and Families:
Figuring out how to take care of yourself and your loved ones can cause fear, anxiety, and stress. Breathe deep, ask for support, make a contingency plan, and check in with yourself and others.
Don’t hesitate to reach out for help. If you—whether you are a customer, a family member, or an employee—feel like you need additional support during the next few weeks, please reach out to your personal agent, case manager, supervisor, department director, or UCP’s Executive Director.
And, finally, don’t forget the basics! Wash your hands. Maintain a 6’ perimeter. Cover your cough. Take care of each other. We are all in this together--we will get through this!
UCP Oregon Executive Director