Greetings to our MVA stakeholders!
In this unprecedented time, we want to thank you all for your caring thoughts, good wishes, and financial support as we navigate these uncharted waters. In the last six months so much has happened at MV Advancements, both positive and not so positive:
- We sold our Industrial Services building, a needed step as we look to build a corporate headquarters building in McMinnville
- We sold Serendipity to a local family who is committed to taking the ice cream shop to the next level
- We laid off staff in our employment services and many supported individuals lost their jobs
- We temporarily closed our Community Inclusion Services.
We have been able to rehire some of our staff or offer them positions in other programs. Many supported employees have returned to work, including those at A-dec, and we are providing some Community Inclusion supports as we comply with the social distancing requirements. Through it all, the word resilience keeps coming up. What we have found is that the people we support are more resilient than most.
According to The American Psychological Association, resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or even significant sources of stress. When Governor Brown issued the shelter in place order in March, our team was concerned about how the people in our services would respond. All the normal activities including work and community outings were no longer an option for most. Surprisingly, what we found is that most individuals quickly adjusted to the “new normal” and we had far fewer issues than we anticipated. We asked ourselves why this was.
Some Things We Learned:
- Challenging events in the past are good training for a pandemic. Most of the people we support have experienced multiple traumas and losses in their life. The experience of going through difficult times and learning that you can survive and even thrive empowers people to be resilient.
- Most people we support do not dwell on the negative. They accept what they can’t change and they are grateful for what they have and what they are able to do.
- Many, likely unbeknownst to them, practice mindfulness. They stay present in the moment and spend little time worrying about things that they can’t control.
When visiting with people we support, they always report that they are doing well. They miss their favorite activities, they have adjusted to drive-by birthday celebrations, to virtual bingo, to Enrichment activities over Zoom, and going through the drive-thru instead of the restaurant lobby. One resident has adopted a cat. Everyone is working on making the best of our current situation. I am grateful to those we support for helping me put these difficult days in perspective and they encourage me to stay present in the moment. This too will pass…and my hope is that we will get through it together. Because together is always better.
We wish you all resiliency in the weeks and months to come. Thank you for your continued support.