Protecting people with developmental disabilities from COVID-19

Protecting people with developmental disabilities from COVID-19

COVINGTON, Ky. (FOX19) - A Northern Kentucky community that provides opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities is doing it’s best to make it through the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is often referred to as the Miracles on Pike Street, but the global pandemic is keeping them from reaching their dreams. The Point has been serving those with developmental disabilities since 1972 and its history runs deep.

The Executive Director is Terri Angel and her grandmother, Vera, was the first woman City Commissioner of Covington.

“She was a pioneer in her day,” Angel says about her grandmother.

When the pandemic hit back in March, Angel asked her staff for volunteers to go above and beyond and sacrifice spending time with their families.

“I reached out to my staff of more than 50 and received an overwhelming response of 10 staff that were willing to actually live in and lockdown with the residents during this time,” Angel says.

Angel says that way they could bring the residents everything they needed, including COVID-19 testing. She admits, it has been a difficult time for them.

Angel says she was touched when some residents wanted to show their appreciation to her and her direct support professionals (DSPs).

Now that we are nine months into the pandemic, the Point is ready to put it in the past.

FOX19 NOW is told it takes tens of thousands of dollars a year to house a person with a developmental disability. If you’d like to help, you can visit The Point Arc website.

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