With the launch of BC’s Re-Start Plan, RSCL continues to ensure that we are following all guidelines provided by the Provincial Health Authority to reduce the spread of the virus, while also ensuring that we fulfill our obligations to our funders and to the individuals and families that we support.
In an effort to promote physical distancing, our head office remains closed to visitors while our staff continues to work tirelessly to help RSCL pivot to new ways of managing our services.
We continue to offer essential services delivery in six supported living homes, home share, a child care centre and our youth program. We are grateful to all families and caregivers who are able to keep their children or individual supported at home, ensuring that those working in other essential services continue to have access to care.
Infant Development and Supported Child Development consultants are connecting virtually with families to offer support regarding their child’s development. Our Respite Coordinators are working with families who wish to continue receiving respite supports during this time.
Community Inclusion programs have been modified to ensure that people who require support can attend, while continuing to follow the guidelines provided by the Provincial Health Officer which includes the number of people (staff and individuals supported) in a space at a time. We have been creative – using outdoor spaces, available meeting rooms at Caring Place, and even meeting at individuals’ homes to facilitate appropriate physical distancing.
For people who are staying home, our staff are keeping in touch through phone calls and using technology to foster connections. Some of our group programs have shifted to online platforms to facilitate activities such as games night, movie night and even karaoke.
As we look to expand our services to include more individuals in programs, we will be taking a slow and thoughtful approach which will be adopted by our community partners sector-wide. In the meantime, we will:
- Continue to prioritize staffing to our essential services and care for the children and individuals supported by people who will be returning to work as our economy begins to open.
- Ask people who may be unwell to stay home until they have confirmed that they do not have the virus.
- Provide our staff with appropriate PPE to provide direct care.
- Practice physical distancing as much as possible.
- Respond to the needs of the individuals and families, to ensure that you are connected and supported.
If you, or your child receives support through RSCL programs, you are invited to attend a Town Hall meeting to receive an update regarding RSCL’s plans for service delivery and answer your questions.
Tuesday, June 2 at 3:00 pm – Children’s Services
Wednesday, June 3 at 3:00 pm – Adult Services
If you are interested in attending, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the link to the meeting. You do not require a zoom account to access, provided that you have internet connection. To facilitate a smooth broadcast, we ask that you submit any questions you may have via email in advance to email@example.com. A video of the meeting will be posted on our website at a later date.
Family Support Institute
Community living improves everyday life for everyone living in Richmond. For more than 35 years Richmond Society for Community Living (RSCL) has provided exceptional programs and services for infants with special needs, children and adults with developmental disabilities. Richmond’s largest non-profit social service provider, RSCL helps more than 1000 people with developmental disabilities each year to participate and contribute fully as valued members in the community. RSCL also helps family members access programs and services, ensuring quality of care throughout the lifespan of the individual supported. …more info