MUSCATINE, Iowa–Through a combination of work opportunities ranging from supported community placements to their onsite workshop and day habilitation programming, Crossroads of Muscatine and their sister facility in Tipton help many people with disabilities reach their full potential and make positive contributions to the community. After closing for almost three months due to COVID-19, Crossroads has begun to bring all of their services back.
Beginning June 22, Crossroads’ day habilitation program came back online. To ensure both clients and staff could enjoy their regular activities safely, Executive Director Jim Hayes shared that Crossroads put in place several new procedures. “We have implemented a focus on social distancing, the use of face masks and increased environmental disinfecting to make our locations safe for employees and clients,” he stated.
Hayes also explained that Crossroads acquired new disinfecting equipment to make their cleaning routines even more effective. “We have purchased large area fogging machines that will allow us to completely disinfect entire houses and other rooms up to 10,000 square feet.” Along with using the fogger to clean their main location, Crossroads will have the ability to use it on their supported community living houses as well.
So far, Hayes reports the return to regular activities, with additional public health measures, has gone well. “Our staff and clients are excited to be back,” Hayes said. “Crossroads has emphasized that the decision to return lies with the individual’s comfort level, and we have had some who are not ready yet, but the majority are ready and happy to resume.”
On July 6, Crossroads will restart the remainder of their work programs, getting their clients back to their jobs and out in the community. Hayes believes this will benefit everyone at Crossroads and anticipates a smooth transition. “The people we serve will be able to get back into a routine with trained dedicated staff to assist them in reaching their greatest potential; there is a wonderful synergy that exists with the staff/client relationship,” he shared.
As Crossroads resumes all of its operations, Hayes thanks the community for all of their support, such as donations of cloth face masks, which has helped Crossroads get back to work again: “The public has been more than generous with mask donations and support. We can’t say enough about how well our community embraces our mission and helps us.” Hayes looks forward to future community collaborations and welcomes questions from the public.