Happening Now at CJR
With safety issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic of paramount importance, CJR continues to adapt its program operations to ensure the safety of the children, youth and families we serve, as well our staff, while working collaboratively with referring state agencies and public schools. By June 20, I am optimistic that we will be able to announce further progress in the return to more normal operations.
The Cable Academic and Vocational Education Centers (CAVEC) in Litchfield and Bristol will remain closed for day students through the end of the school year. We plan on opening for Extended School Year programming (summer school) on July 6, and will follow State Department of Education guidelines for safe operations. Our residential students have been participating in Cooperative Work-Study experiences since March 18, and will continue to do so. Distance learning and related services are being offered to day and residential students through Schoology, an online learning community, and will continue through the end of the spring semester.
CJR’s residential programs in Litchfield, Waterbury and Winchester are fully operational and staffed around the clock. We have instituted precautionary measures, however, to limit visitation and non-essential business to keep our young people and staff safe. Our Litchfield Campus and community program sites are open, but continue to be minimally staffed.
The majority of CJR staff members are now working from home and providing services through video and tele-health technology for young people and families. The CJR Wellness Center is receiving and accepting referrals for behavioral and mental health services, and program admissions continue to increase.
Members of our staff continue to meet with children and families in person for emergency and crisis situations, and are working with those we serve to ensure that they have the necessary food, medical and educational supplies. Our clinical and therapeutic services are saving lives – but in ways that will limit the person-to-person exposure rate until state and national health authorities approve normal operations.
The Connecticut Junior Republic is a charitable organization and in these challenging times, the support of generous friends is needed more than ever before. The CJR Board of Directors and Staff join me in thanking those who assist our work through their involvement, generosity and important contributions. During this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, philanthropic support is especially critical to providing crisis care and live-saving services for the approximately 1,500 vulnerable young people and families served annually by CJR.
This year promises to be exceptionally challenging from a programmatic and financial standpoint, and we will provide updates moving forward. Despite the difficult circumstances, we are fully committed to achieving our mission of service and to providing as much support as possible to Connecticut’s children, youth and families during these very trying times.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns in advance of my next update.
In the interim we hope you will stay healthy and safe,
Daniel W. Rezende
President & Chief Executive Officer