Funds will be used for purchasing COVID-19 related supplies for the safety and health of both staff and consumers before, during, and after the delivery of direct services and activities intended to address COVID-19 related needs. Supplies such as masks, gloves, personal care necessities (e.g. toilet paper, soap, and hand sanitizer) will be delivered directly to vulnerable individuals with disabilities as the majority of them are unable to self-procure these supplies while following social distancing guidelines.
Funds will also be used to expand and utilize technology for consumers and staff with the intent of reaching more consumers. This may include remote service delivery technology and equipment such as laptops, cellphones, assistive technology, and telecommunication to allow home-bound individuals with disabilities to avoid complete isolation and allow them to communicate with their service providers and family members. SMCIL staff will also support the training necessary for consumers to effectively utilize technology and equipment.
Some of SMCIL’s consumers are in need of rental assistance due to loss of work hours and assistance with unexpected travel expenses due to social distancing. SMCIL’s service area is very rural and transportation is already problematic. Since the pandemic, public transportation is limiting the number of individuals allowed on the bus and our consumers are often compelled to pay for alternative means of transportation out of pocket.