The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially difficult for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities like the men and women in Volunteers of America’s Community Living Services program.

It is hard for many of the program’s nearly 60 residents to understand what is going on in the world and why they can’t leave their homes for weeks on end. But your generosity has helped provide stability and safety during these trying times.

One shining example is the Creekwood Community Home in Hammond. There are eight residents who call Creekwood home, and several have lived there for over 10 years. When the virus struck, home manager Kumaria and her staff quickly modified life at Creekwood to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.

“On a typical day, many of our consumers would go to jobs or day programs where they would interact with co-workers or learn new skills,” Program Director Omegia Fulgham-Lee says. “My residents love a routine! Unfortunately, the day programs and
jobs have closed and our residents didn’t have an outlet for their energy.”

That’s when the staff got creative and formulated plans to keep the consumers engaged and energized. They play board games, help prepare meals, and show their inner artistic side with craft projects.

The residents are even participating in Volunteers of America spirit activities—from wearing red, white and blue on Mondays (pictured above) to calling family and friends on Tuesdays and repping their favorite team colors on Thursdays. The Creekwood family has become an even bigger part of the community, all from the safety and controlled
environment of their home.

“These little things, simple to some, mean so much in the lives of those individuals who count on us for everything,” Fulgham-Lee says. “We are their family. We are their voices. Volunteers of America continues to provide stability to our residents even in these very difficult times.”

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