- Kevin Mcguckin
We are coming to the month of May & Spring flowers. The birth flower for May is Lily of the Valley also known as the Mayflower. In the language of flowers, it represents the return to happiness. It also denotes purity, joy, good fortune and modesty. By the time May comes around, the spring flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and life is starting to seem a little more joyful day by day! But as the seasons change from spring to summer, it's the perfect time to review & reflect on how the Pandemic has brought many challenges to Arkay.
As we continue through the pandemic. the future is looking better for all of us due to the vaccine. At this point in time, Arkay has had approximately 45% of our staff receiving the 2nd COVID vaccine. We really would like to get back to normal; however, April has been a challenging month both for Michigan & Arkay. Michigan has seen a rise in COVID cases & Arkay has dealt with COVID among staff & consumers. The past year has transformed nearly every aspect of our world. Seemingly overnight, Zoom has become a popular tool in communications. Meanwhile, our friends, family, colleagues, and communities have had their lives changed in critical ways that promise to have much longer-lasting effects. Living through a global pandemic has driven dramatic shifts in our jobs, eating habits, and even our collective sense of time. Virtually no one has been left untouched after 13 months of such dramatic disruption. A generous dose of empathy and understanding of that truth will make us all stronger as we rebuild and remake our world in the year ahead.
Virtual Skill Building & Supported Employment
Again, if you have a loved one who can't attend in person, Arkay has virtual skill building (VSB) which can really assist your loved one. I want to emphasize VSB because it would be so good for your love one to interact & learn with others during this time period. We have a great team who has put together a great curriculum for the people we serve. I really think you would enjoy being part of this program. These sessions have been very welcomed by our participants. Our team is very dedicated to helping our consumers to connect with others using technology. Please make note: Arkay has received funding to work on a new curriculum for our consumers.
What’s new at Arkay is COFFEE. Almost everyone drinks coffee to a certain degree. Most folks buy coffee usually at a retailer. Why not buy the Arkay Brand Coffee? Arkay Inc. is proud to announce our partnership with Charity Roaster. Arkay is now able to provide you and your loved ones with delicious bags of coffee available in an assortment of flavors. All proceeds go toward furthering Arkay's mission to service the developmentally disabled and to support our consumers. This is Arkay Brand Coffee. Pre-order Today by Calling (734) 284-2929.
Lastly, consider setting aside part of your budget to support the work of Arkay with a tax-deductible charitable donation. We’ve simplified the donation procedure, allowing supporters to donate online or by mail. Visit www.miarkay.org to make a gift using a credit card or send a check to Arkay. Every gift matters. We thank you in advance for responding to this need.
Kevin McGuckin Arkay CEO