On behalf of Rotary Club of Lake Union and Alpha Supported Living Services we would like to thank everyone who participated in this years Virtual Happy Hour For Good! With all of your help we were able to raise over $15,000! None of this would have been possible without your generosity. We would also like to extend a huge thank you to Woodinville Whiskey Co. for providing us with some wonderful mixology lessons for our event and donation 30% of their sales to us!
If you missed the opportunity to participate in this years Happy Hour For Good, you can still watch the event here:
And if you would like to support Alpha, you can find more information with the link below.
Alpha Supported Living Services, along with many other agencies, has been hit particularly hard during this pandemic. At our peak, we had 8 homes in isolation and over the course of April and May, we had 22 Alpha clients and 42 staff members test positive for COVID-19. Unfortunately, one of the clients we serve, Sharon Gowdey, passed away after battling COVID-19 in the hospital for over a week. Sharon consistently lit up the room no matter where she was. She loved different types of music, dancing, and sports, as well as spending time with family and friends. Sharon had been a part of the Alpha community for over six years and will be missed dearly.
Both Sharon and her sister are highlighted in the article below from Austin Jenkins, which also addresses how individuals with developmental disabilities have a significantly higher mortality rate from COVID-19 than others who test positive. It is crucial to understand why this affects those with developmental disabilities more so than other individuals and our CEO Scott Livengood sheds light on the situation, the efforts our agency took to bring us to no active client and staff cases for the last three weeks, and the continued challenges for this vulnerable population going forward. As things are shifting during this pandemic, it is essential to work together as a community to keep everyone safe.
Alpha’s King County programs have been impacted significantly by COVID-19. At the peak we had 7 homes in isolation due to a client or clients in the home testing positive for the virus. Our agency quickly implemented strategies to stop the spread. Staff have spent many hard long days and sleepless nights working to keep our clients safe. It has paid off; only one house remains in isolation. Alpha’s Spokane programs have not experienced the same affect from COVID-19 and we are so grateful for that. In a show of support, our CEO, Scott Livengood received a message and video from the Spokane Team:
“We have been fortunate here in Spokane to not be as affected as you our Alpha partners. For the last 8 weeks we have wondered what we can do to show our support to the DSP’s and the Management Team as you have all been impacted. The only thing we can do is send our thoughts and words of encouragement”
But they did more than that. They created a video to show all the employees of Alpha on the west side that they are standing with us. We will weather this storm together!#ALPHASTRONG
Thank you so much to all of the staff and clients in Alpha’s Spokane program for your support!
We Are In This Together
Due to our exceptional reputation, in late September Alpha was approached by the State to expand our services. As we assessed the opportunity we were thrilled to expand Alpha Supported Living Services to Eastern Washington and bring our mission, “To serve individuals with developmental disabilities by providing residential and community services that maximize each person’s quality of life”, to this community.
In six short weeks we recruited, hired and trained staff (management and support), secured an office in close proximity to the individuals’ homes and purchased agency vehicles. On November 1, we launched our program, supporting 34 clients and acquiring 21 homes. During this transition we have grown to know and understand each person we support, fostered our relationships with families and guardians and established and strengthened our partnerships with our local state agency.
The Spokane Branch is proud to become the fifth Alpha Supported Living Services branch. While this endeavor has been one of change and development, we hold steadfast to our mission and values. We will never lose sight of what is important: ensuring each person we support has power and choice while enhancing their life.
Alpha’s 800+ employees, along with the employees of around 140 agencies across the state, risk their health every day to provide support to individuals with developmental disabilities 24-7 during this pandemic. Our dedicated Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) provide personal care, behavior support, medication management, meal preparation and every other aspect of daily living support.
We are so thankful for their commitment to our clients. They are the unsung heroes among the “essential workers”. Thank you for keeping our clients safe during this crisis.