HERKIMER, N.Y. ---The Arc Herkimer announced it's resuming its day programs after several months of shutting down due to COVID-19.
The Arc submitted a reopening plan to the state earlier this month and was approved last week. The plan calls for social distancing, mask-wearing, and heavy cleaning.
Employees and attendees are now adjusting to the new normal. Arc President and CEO Kevin Crosley said its services are needed now more than ever.
"People with disabilities are compromised on a number of levels and they are very vulnerable to the COVID 19. Bottom line is we are doing everything we can to make sure everyone maintains their safety,"s said Crosley.
These changes also bring the ARC employees new challenges. Staff are now stretched thin due to social distancing measures. A limited number of people are allowed in classrooms, so staff are stretched out in different rooms.
The Arc is now looking for several people to fill positions to help those in need. So far, Arc Recruitment Specialist Ashley Jones said several people have come forward.
"We have had quite a few people come in which is always a great thing. With that, we could use more people, more helping hands to ensure that we are socially distant and spreading people out to the places that we need. As well as providing those services to the members of the community," said Jones.
If you're interested in applying, you can see the Arc's available positions here.