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VIABILITY staff and board help protect our direct care workers

Updated: Jul 10, 2020

About a month ago, VIABILITY modified the way we support the people we serve and began gathering much needed, but in high demand, personal protective equipment (PPE) to provide for staff working in essential services. In addition to receiving supplies from Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Guard, several of our employees have volunteered to make reusable, cloth face masks. To date, more than 500 homemade masks have been made and distributed to programs, participants, VIABILITY staffers and families in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Two homemade reusable cloth face masks.

On April 27, Steve Dean, a member of VIABILITY’s Board of Directors, personally donated a significant number of surgical masks which will be distributed to programs as we prepare to reopen. Steve, Senior Manager of Distribution at J. Polep Distribution Services in Chicopee, Massachusetts, played a key role in connecting VIABILITY’s Business Development team with the company in July 2019, seeing the opportunity to create a culture shift and foster a more inclusive and diverse work environment at J. Polep.

“Steve Dean has always been a champion for the employment of people with disabilities and VIABILITY,” said Don Kozera, VIABILITY CEO/President. “His very generous donation to the organization will allow our essential employees to provide critical work with the people we support, while keeping everyone safe and healthy. His selflessness and kindness is greatly appreciated and is a true inspiration to us all.”

Thank you again to Steve for his generous donation and to all the VIABILITY staff still making masks to protect our frontline workers.