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Our response to COVID-19

Over the past 70 years we have supported individuals with developmental disabilities by offering services that enable all of us to build relationships that enhance our lives through mutual caring and growth. We remain committed to helping keep those we support and staff safe through our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below you will find updated information pertaining to each area of support at Sunshine.

Residential – Maumee Campus, Community Homes, & Supported Living

We continue to take prudent steps to protect individuals and prevent the spread of illness. We are providing a variety of meaningful activities and vocational services within homes at the Maumee Campus, in the community, and at our supported living sites. On June 8th, we began welcoming back families to visit and couldn’t be happier. If you have questions, please contact Holli Stetten, Vice President of Residential Services, at 419-794-8616.

Vocational – Adult Day Services & Supported Employment

We just recently restarted seven small group programs this Monday, July 6th. Four of these seven groups represent individuals in supported employment programs. This initial phase will bring back approximately 45 people. If you have questions, please contact Jane Austermiller, Vice President of Vocational Services at 419-794-8634.

Transportation

We are currently not providing transportation as we await guidance from the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Individuals taking advantage of our seven existing programs will be receiving transportation support from other providers or personal support systems. If you have questions, please contact Jane Austermiller, Vice President of Vocational Services at 419-794-8634.

Employee Safety

The health and safety of employees is essential to Sunshine. The protocol implemented in March will remain consistent for the near future. This includes our single-entry door policy, limiting direct care staff to work in one or two locations at most, cleaning surfaces and hand washing frequently and of course wearing masks at all times, among various other modifications.

Community Support

Our greater community has showered us with support in many forms. We are incredibly grateful for the donations of food, care packages, and PPE from those of you in the community. Our employee food pantry is stocked and staff are equipped with homemade masks. While the hundreds of dedicated Sunshine volunteers haven’t been on campus recently, plans are in progress to create virtual and outdoor opportunities very soon.

Like many organizations, the financial landscape is precarious. Due to changes in federal and state funding, reimbursements, and volunteer contributions, future revenue-streams remain uncertain. If you are called to help Sunshine in this way, click here to learn more about our Sunshine Relief Program. If you have questions, please contact Shannon Bova, Vice President of Development, at 419-725-2285.

Please check this page for updated information and Facebook for our #ShineOn updates. If you have any additional questions regarding this statement or other information, please contact Jason Abodeely, President and CEO, at 419-794-1394 or Deb Rasmusson, Chief Program Officer at 419-794-1395.

Last Updated on July 7, 2020