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Appreciating each other during Covid-19

Covid-19 has created challenges for all of us. In some ways, our world seems a bit unfamiliar. We live with more worry, anxiety and uncertainty around us. Our routines have been altered – we can’t spend time with some of the people whose company we enjoy, and basic tasks like grocery shopping have become more complicated. Yet we also have opportunities to look for the ways people care for each other, whether that be caring for participants of programs, co-workers, family, or others. One of the El’dad staff reflects on how they sense care from one another:

The staff… have been so great! They are an encouragement to me. They are following the guidelines, they are coming up with new things to pass the time, they bake and cook – the house smells amazing. It is clean and sanitized. They see something that needs to be done and they do it. They take initiative.

The participants are thankful (mostly) and totally enjoying the food and treats.

The staff do so many things. They share ideas, use situations they face as teaching moments. They take time to listen. I feel that they work together very well, I feel that their hearts are in this. This is who they are, not just what they do – they are compassionate, honest, funny, hardworking people. I appreciate my team and I hope I am able to communicate that to them.

Although we are living in anxious times, we can continue to stand with each other and show appreciation for one another. We can remind each other that, although our lives are filled with feelings of uncertainty and guidelines like physical distancing, we are not alone.

May 14, 2020

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