Happening Now at CJR
Due to the escalating COVID-19 pandemic, CJR has made changes to many of its programs to ensure the safety of the children, youth and families we serve, our staff, and to be in compliance with referring state agencies and public schools. The Cable Academic and Vocational Education Centers (CAVEC) in Litchfield and Bristol are closed to day students through April 30, and we will assess our plans for re-opening closer to this date. Residential students have been participating in Cooperative Work-Study experiences since March 18, and will continue to do so. Distance learning will be offered to day and residential students through Schoology, an online learning community.
CJR’s residential programs in Litchfield, Waterbury and Winchester are fully operational and staffed around the clock. We have instituted important procedures, however, to limit visitation and non-essential business to keep our young men and staff safe. Our Litchfield Campus and community program sites are open, but minimally staffed.
The majority of CJR staff members have transitioned to working from home and providing services through video and tele-health technology for young people and families, including the CJR Wellness Center, which is receiving and accepting referrals for behavioral and mental health services.
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 and medical supplies as the self-imposed COVID-19 quarantine continues over the four weeks. The clinical and therapeutic relationships we have will continue but in ways that will limit the person-to-person exposure rate until state and national health authorities approve normal operations.
The CJR Board of Directors and Staff join me in thanking those who support our work through their involvement, generosity and important contributions. In times of crisis and critical need such as the unprecedented pandemic we are now experiencing, your commitment is especially appreciated and will make a real difference in the lives of the nearly 1,500 vulnerable young people and families CJR will serve this year.
We will continue apprise CJR friends, supporters and our partners in providing services of our plans moving forward. This year promises to be exceptionally challenging from a programmatic and financial standpoint. Despite the difficult circumstances, we are fully committed to carrying out our mission of service and to providing the boys, girls and families we serve with as much support as possible during these very trying times.
Stay safe and healthy and please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Daniel W. Rezende
President & Chief Executive Officer