FOR AGENCY UPDATES ON COVID-19 AND OUR PROGRAMS

Agency Updates on COVID-19 and Our Programs

AUGUST 25, 2020 – UPDATE

To ensure that people with disabilities understand their right to vote and have the information they need to vote safely in the 2020 election, Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ) will be hosting two Voting Safely in 2020 webinars.

The webinars are FREE and will be held on:

  • Thursday, August 27, 2 – 3 pm
  • Tuesday, September 22, 1 – 2 pm

To learn more and register for a webinar, click here.

AUGUST 11, 2020 – UPDATE

A Message from CEO Michael D. Haggerty

I was recently appointed CEO of Allies, Inc. and I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. First and foremost, I want to let you know that this appointment is an honor and I am committed to ensuring the safety, health and well-being of the individuals we support. I intend to make this transition as seamless as possible and look forward to working with the individuals that we serve and their families, our amazing staff, our funders, and friends of Allies. 

I have more than 40 years of experience working in human services, much of that spent at Woods. Woods has been Allies parent company since 2012 and I proudly worked with Allies’ management to significantly extend our reach and grow our primary mission of helping those with disabilities to realize their dreams.

Allies treats each person we serve as an individual and works with them on creating plans tailored to their goals, needs, and interests. We strive to find a nurturing and supportive living environment for every person we support while also providing opportunities for meaningful participation in their communities.

I enter this new and exciting chapter humbled by the opportunity to work with a team of such dynamic leaders, the incredible people we serve and their families. Allies welcomes all who are interested in partnering with us to ensure the best quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns at mhaggerty@alliesnj.org.   I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Michael D. Haggerty
CEO, Allies, Inc.

JULY 20, 2020 – UPDATE

As of July 20, 2020 our Day Programs are open – virtually! Every Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Allies holds three live streams via Zoom for individuals served in northern, central and southern New Jersey. Lessons and activities include cooking, music, dance, fitness, math, science, art, crafts, history and more. Virtual day trips are also part of the fun! Lessons change each week, so there’s always something fun to see or do. To learn more, call Luke Washack, Director of Vocational Services at 609-218-0513 or lwashack@alliesnj.org.

JUNE 10, 2020 – UPDATE

Family Visits and Day Program Announcements

  1. As of Friday, June 12th, individuals served by Allies will be permitted to resume home visits.
  1. As of Friday, June 12th, families will be permitted to visit their loved ones in their Allies homes. We will require that visitors follow the same guidelines as our staff:
  • Visitors will be required to wear a mask
  • They will answer a brief list of health questions
  • Their temperature will be checked prior to entering the home. If their temperature is elevated or they are exhibiting any signs of illness, we will ask them to return when they are not exhibiting signs of illness.
  • Maintaining a 6-foot distance and frequent hand washing remain important factors in protecting everyone’s health
  1. Allies Day Programs currently remain closed. We are expecting to re-open once we have received notification from the Division of Developmental Disabilities. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

April 28, 2020 – UPDATE

A Note to Those Seeking Employment with Allies, Inc.

Allies, Inc. is committed to health and safety at all times. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize that additional measures are necessary to protect our staff and those we serve. Allies strictly follows all CDC guidelines and universal precautions. We also prescreen and monitor employees for symptoms regularly; provide staff with Personal Protective Equipment, such as masks, gloves, thermometers, hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies; and ensure that our residential and day programs, as well as our headquarters are properly sanitized. In addition, we maintain an open and active line of communication with our staff to ensure that all safety questions and concerns are resolved. To view current job openings with Allies, click here.  We look forward to you joining our team, and sharing in our commitment to health, safety and compassionate care.

April 14, 2020 – UPDATE

Safeguarding Against Disability Discrimination During COVID-19

The Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities offers some guidance to help individuals, families, and organizations better safeguard against disability discrimination during COVID-19. To learn more click here.

April 3, 2020 – UPDATE

The New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Division of Family Development has launched a new Emergency Child Care Assistance Program to help support childcare costs when a parent or guardian is an essential employee. For more information and to find a childcare agency in your area, visit www.childcarenj.gov.

April 1, 2020 – UPDATE

The Department of Human Services is encouraging all essential workers in need of childcare (serving children under age 13) to phone its county Child Care Resource and Referral Agency. Contact information for each of the 21 counties can be found at: https://www.childcarenj.gov/Parents/CCRR. Staff is available by phone Monday to Friday to help identify a certified and age-appropriate childcare center.

To learn more about Governor Murphy’s Executive Order requiring child care centers to close on April 1st unless serving children of essential workers click here.

March 31, 2020 – UPDATE

Monetary Donations Needed for Allies Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

 

As Allies focuses on caring for those with special needs amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, we are faced with an urgent need for more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves, as well as items like thermometers. These items are critical for ensuring the health and safety of both those we serve, as well our dedicated staff of direct support professionals, nurses and other employees on the front line each day. Unfortunately, expenses for this vital equipment are not covered by state and federal funding. 

 

Allies Inc. is currently accepting monetary donations that will be directed solely toward the purchase of PPE and other medical equipment. We realize that many families and businesses are struggling at this time, so any donation possible is appreciated with a grateful heart.

 

There are multiple ways that you can donate:

 

Visit WWW.ALLIESNJ.ORG, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the DONATE button to contribute via PayPal, debit or credit card. (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted).

 

Or you can make a check payable to “Allies, Inc.” and mail it to our headquarters at the following address:

 

Allies, Inc.

ATTN: PPE Donation

1262 Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Rd.

Bldg. A, Suite 101

Hamilton, NJ 08690

 

We thank you for standing beside us in our mission throughout the year, as well as during this critical time. 

 

March 26, 2020 – UPDATE

New Resource Connects Jersey Job Seekers with Industries in Need

The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries serving New Jerseyans during the COVID-19 outbreak. The website features companies’ names, open positions, locations, wages and links to quickly apply. Allies, Inc. is proud to be a part of this resource and is currently seeking to fill over 100 positions across the state, including Licensed Practical Nurses and Direct Support Professionals. To access this new resource click here.

March 25, 2020 – UPDATE

Mental Health Telephone Support Available During COVID-19 Outbreak

NJ Mental Health Cares, the state’s behavioral health information and referral service, will now also offer help to people dealing with anxiety and worry related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. New Jerseyans can call 1-866-202-HELP (4357) for free, confidential support.  NJ Mental Health Cares will be answered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week by live trained specialists. To learn more click here.

March 23, 2020 – UPDATE

From the Office of the Governor:

  1. The Diabetes Foundation has opened a hotline for diabetics in need of assistance, including free back up emergency kits.  Visit https://diabetesfoundationinc.org/ or call 973-849-5234. 
  1. The Governor signed Executive Order 109 today which suspends elective surgeries and invasive procedures for medical and dental effective 5 p.m., Friday March 27th.  People are encouraged to reach out to their doctors to discuss.
  1. For Hudson County residents or first responders working in Hudson County, testing is available by appointment only at the Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus only for individuals exhibiting symptoms.  Call 201 388-1097 for appointment.  People will not be tested if they go without an appointment.

For more info, or to ask a question, please visit the state’s COVID-19 Information Hub at COVID19.nj.gov.

March 21, 2020 – UPDATE

Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order directing all residents to stay at home until further notice. The order has certain exceptions, such as obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work, or engaging in outdoor activities. The order shall take effect on Saturday, March 21, at 9:00 p.m.

Please note, as Allies employees are considered essential personnel, we are still open for business.

For the Governor’s full press release, click here.

For the state’s COVID-19 Information Hub, click here.

March 20, 2020 – UPDATE

Governor Phil Murphy shared a message to New Jersey’s Direct Support Professionals, Home Health Aides and Front Line workers. To view the video click here.

Jonathan Seifried, Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Developmental Disabilities remarked that “DHS and Division of Developmental Disabilities leaders are working constantly to review the evolving conditions and make needed adaptations where possible to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities continue to receive the support they need.”

For the latest updates from the NJ DHS related to COVID-19, and all of the services and supports available through DHS and its divisions, visit: https://nj.gov/humanservices/coronavirus.html.

MARCH 19, 2020 – UPDATE

IMPORTANT NEWS FROM NEW JERSEY HUMAN SERVICES:

“To protect the health and safety of the individuals we serve and help maintain vital social service benefits continue to do so, New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson outlined steps the Department has taken to assist and protect those we serve amid the ongoing work to contain COVID-19.”

Following are her updates in supporting individuals with disabilities. The full announcement is below, click the link to learn more.

  • Temporarily closing congregate day programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and supporting this transition;
  • Providing flexibility to families to quickly hire workers and working closely with program providers and direct support professionals during the closure;
  • Releasing guidance for community providers of services to the developmentally disabled on COVID-19 preparedness;
  • Keeping residents who are deaf or hard of hearing informed through American Sign Language videos, interpreters at State emergency response press conferences, and other activities; and
  • Conducting outreach to clients who depend on our Personal Assistance Service Program for individuals with physical disabilities and our Traumatic Brain Injury Fund to ensure needs are being met.

https://state.nj.us/humanservices/news/press/2020/approved/20200318b.html?fbclid=IwAR0yqUncgU_m48oYOzN4Qx1V2L4aWrEDMygyPjIMOqcmKOy-ZyZ9Sl2jJQ8

MARCH 16, 2020 – UPDATE

To the Allies community of individuals, families and staff:

The health, safety and well-being of the individuals we serve, as well as our staff, is our top priority. The current COVID-19 pandemic requires that we make several temporary changes to our operations in order to ensure that we are doing all we can to keep people safe and healthy at this time. We are awaiting further guidance from the state regarding how to manage many of these issues and will revise and update our current policies as we receive these instructions.

In the meantime, in an abundance of caution, we are taking these measures:

  • We are limiting all community outings that could expose individuals to any large groups of people.
  • We are limiting entry into all of our programs to only essential personnel.
  • As of Monday, March 16th, all Allies Day Program sites have been closed by direction of the State of New Jersey. Additionally, anyone who leaves an Allies program for any period of time will have to present a medical clearance prior to returning to our services.   
  • We are postponing our Open House, originally scheduled for April 22nd. A new date has not been selected yet.
  • We are taking steps to ensure more frequent cleaning of all Allies facilities as per CDC guidelines. 

We anticipate that these new policies will be in place for the next 14 days, at which point we will reevaluate next steps going forward. 

We understand the concerns families may have related to this health crisis, and we are working to make this time as easy on individuals and families as possible, while ensuring the health and safety of staff and those we serve.

We truly appreciate all of your patience and assistance during this difficult time.

Thank you for your understanding,

Elise Tretola
Founder & CEO