The MENTOR Network

COVID-19 Update Archive

Below is a complete listing of our COVID-19 updates. To find updates and resources for employees, individuals served and others, return to the Update Center.

May 21, 2020 - MENTOR Nurses Expand COVID-19 Testing
Meet Barb Wendall, a Network team member and nurse who has been a fierce advocate for the individuals she supports during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More
May 18, 2020 - Celebrating National Foster Care Month During COVID-19
The pandemic has stopped many parts of our communities and lives, but it has not stopped the need for caring homes for children. Some communities are even seeing an increase as families who struggled before are under greater strain today. Learn More
May 15, 2020 - COVID-19 Update from the CEO
William McKinney, Chief Executive Officer, reflects on the past few months and looks ahead to the days to come during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More
May 14, 2020 - Our Emergency Support Program at Work
Yulanda Williams, State Director of Georgia MENTOR, Children & Family Services, shares how The Network’s Emergency Support Program has assisted employees, contractors and Mentors facing difficulties during the pandemic. Learn More
May 12, 2020: Advocating for Medical Care During COVID-19
Read about a nursing team member in Wisconsin who went above and beyond in advocating for the needs of individuals who required hospitalization due to COVID-19. Read the Story
May 8, 2020 - Honoring Our Nursing Teams
In celebration of National Nurses Week, The MENTOR Network thanks our more than 2,000 nursing staff members for their expertise, leadership and compassion during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More 
May 6, 2020 - A Little Research Makes for Engaging Therapy
Read about a Behavior Analyst with Pennsylvania MENTOR who used televisits and creative thinking to keep a child engaged in therapy sessions during quarantine. Read the Story
May 5, 2020 - MENTOR Adult Day Health Staff Deliver Meals and Support to Program Participants
Mike Hofmeister, Sr. Vice President, MENTOR Adult Day Health, shares how staff have used tele-wellness services and food delivery to ensure that elders’ needs are met while ADH programs are closed during the pandemic. Learn More
April 30, 2020 - Message for Individuals We Support, Family Members and Guardians from CEO William McKinney
On April 30, 2020, a message from CEO William McKinney was sent to all individuals, families and guardians of individuals served by The Network. Learn More
April 30, 2020 - COVID-19 Resource: Learn How Your New EAP App Can Help
The MENTOR Network now offers the eConnect® Mobile App with access to free, secure, confidential support through our new Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Learn More
April 28, 2020 - Our Stories: Reaching Out the Old Fashioned Way
To help boost moods for individuals at one of REM North Dakota’s Intermediate Care Facilities, staff started a greeting card program named the Hearts Program. Learn More
April 24, 2020 - COVID-19 Update: Advocating for Federal Relief Funds
Gina Martin, Chief Legal Officer, shares how The Network is advocating for measures that will help us better serve the individuals who depend on us during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn More
April 23, 2020 - Our Stories: Program Teams with Local Farmer to Deliver Fresh Produce
When our Adult Day Health programs were temporarily suspended in March due to COVID-19, staff at the Aging Well Center in Massachusetts reached out to a local farmer to ensure that participants had access to fresh produce. Learn More
April 22, 2020 - Our Stories: NeuroRestorative
NeuroRestorative President Bill Duffy shares how dedicated staff have gone above and beyond for the individuals with brain injury and other challenges who we serve in the midst of the pandemic. Learn More
April 21, 2020 - Our Stories: Living the Mission
Gerry Morrissey, Chief Quality Officer and co-leader of The MENTOR Network’s COVID-19 Task Force, was named a recipient of the National Historic Recognition Project, which recognizes individuals who have transformed the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Learn More  
April 16, 2020 - New Resource: Employee Assistance Program
The MENTOR Network is pleased to offer SupportLinc, our new employee assistance program (EAP), which provides access to free, professional, confidential counseling and resources. Learn More
April 15, 2020 - Our Stories: Bringing Joy to Our Neighbors
Last weekend, across the country communities came together to offer unique Easter egg hunts for the children in their neighborhoods. Many of The MENTOR Network’s group homes and host homes joined the festivities with projects such as decorating their doors, windows and lawns. Learn More
April 14, 2020 - COVID-19 Update: Message from the CEO
CEO William McKinney shares an update on how COVID-19 has affected the Network community and resources such as Network Angels and a new emergency support program for employees and Mentors in need of assistance. Read the Message
April 13, 2020 - COVID-19 Update: Thank You & PPE Guidance
Gerry Morrissey, Chief Quality Officer, shares an update and guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Read the Message
April 9, 2020 - COVID-19 Resource: Stay Connected While Social Distancing
The MENTOR Network’s Community Support Services Center of Excellence shares resources for staying connected with friends and family during this time of social distancing. Read the Message
April 8, 2020 - COVID-19 Update: Advocating for Support
Brett Cohen, Chief Operating Officer, shares how employees can get involved in our advocacy efforts to help us better serve the individuals who depend on us during this challenging time. Read the Message
April 6, 2020 - Our Stories: Facing Challenges as a Team
A member of The MENTOR Network’s COVID-19 Task Force, a multidisciplinary group of experts across the organization in place to provide information and coordinate responses, received a heartfelt message from a program supervisor in Indiana. Learn More
April 2, 2020 - COVID-19 Daily Update: Supporting Our Own
The Network Angels Grant Committee has announced a new emergency support program for employees, independent contractors and Mentors affected by COVID-19. Learn More
April 1, 2020 - COVID-19 Daily Update: Building Essential Teams
On April 1, Maria McGee, Chief Human Resources Officer, shared the vital role employee recruitment plays in delivering essential services to those who depend on them during this challenging time and how employees can help spread the word about open positions. Read the Message
March 31, 2020 - COVID-19 Daily Update: Ensuring Stability
On March 31, Peter Gladitsch, Chief Financial Officer, shared what The Network’s finance team is doing to provide operating groups with the resources they need to carry out our mission and ensure stability in this challenging time. Read the Message
March 30, 2020 - COVID-19 Daily Update: Thank You
On March 30, Mel Glenn, MD, National Medical Director, NeuroRestorative, reflected on the commitment demonstrated by caregivers working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Read the message
March 27, 2020 - COVID-19 Daily Update: Finding Balance
On March 27, Brett Cohen, Chief Operating Officer, reflected on the need for balance and self care in this challenging time. Read the Message
March 26, 2020 - Daily COVID-19 Update: Talking with Individuals with IDD about COVID-19
On March 26, Jane Wiemerslage, VP of Quality Improvement, Community Support Services, sent a message to employees sharing tips on talking to individuals with IDD about COVID-19. Read the Message
March 25, 2020 - COVID-19 Daily Update: True Colors
On March 25, Brian Mathis, Chief Strategy Officer, sent a message to employees reflecting on the commitment of Network staff in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the Message
March 24, 2020 - COVID-19 Daily Update: Talking to Children about Coronavirus
On March 24, Kathleen Smith, Senior Director, Children and Family Services Center of Excellence, sent a message to employees, sharing strategies for talking to children about coronavirus and resources to help them feel loved, engaged and connected. Read the Message
March 23, 2020 - COVID-19 Daily Update: Protect Yourself from Coronavirus Related Cyber Attacks
On March 23, 2020, Mark Lantzy, Chief Information Officer, shared how employees can protect themselves from cyber attacks and fraudulent activities online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the Message
March 21, 2020 - COVID-19 Daily Update: Important Message from the CEO
On March 21, 2020, William McKinney, CEO of The MENTOR Network, sent a message to employees discussing the critical work being done in response to COVID-19 and how employees can best support each other during this challenging time. Watch the Video
March 19, 2020 - COVID-19 Update: Your Employment With Us
On March 19, 2020, a message was sent to employees from Maria McGee, Chief Human Resources Officer. Read the message
March 18, 2020 - COVID-19 Daily Update: Call to Action
On March 18, 2020, a call to action from Jon Fisher, President, Community Support Services, The MENTOR Network, was sent to employees encouraging all to ask their elected leaders to address the need for disability supports during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read the message  
March 17, 2020 - COVID-19 Daily Update: Steps You Should Take Immediately to Flatten the Curve
On March 17, 2020, a message was sent to all employees by Dr. Edward  S. Traisman,
​Pediatric Medical Director, The MENTOR Network, with steps to protect themselves and individuals served. Read the message  
March 16, 2020 - COVID-19 Daily Update: The MENTOR Network Launches Coronavirus Update Center
On March 16, 2020, a message from CEO William McKinney was sent to all employees announcing the launch of The Network’s COVID-19 Update Center. Read the message
March 16, 2020 - Message for Individuals We Support, Family Members and Guardians from CEO William McKinney
On March 16, 2020, a message from CEO William McKinney was sent to all individuals, families and guardians of individuals served by the Network. Read the message
March 13, 2020: Special Issue of Safety Net
On March 13, 2020, a Special Issue of Safety Net, the Network’s newsletter for host home providers and foster parents, was distributed. The issue contains facts about COVID-19 and what caregivers can do to protect themselves and the individuals in their care. Read the Issue
March 6, 2020: Health Advisory to Employees
On March 6, 2020, a Health Advisory was shared with employees which provided resources for learning more about COVID-19 and how individuals can help prevent the spread of the virus.  View the Health Advisory
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