In This Issue

A Message from our Executive Director

Scenes from

Direct Support Professionals Week

Congratulations to Kendra, an Outstanding

Direct Support Professional

Our Happy Back

to Work Crew

Art Show Second Chance Raffle

60 for 60

Sponsors, Raffles, and Updates!

Wheelchair Costume Workshop and Inclusive Trunk or Treat

Our Friends at Veteran Compost

10 Facts about

The Harford Center

A Message from our Executive Director

With fall upon us, I am reminded of all the changes that this season brings- changes in the color of the leaves, changes in the temperatures, changes in the hours of day light, and changes in activities. Change has been the one constant over the past 18 months. I know that the Harford Center has been constantly adapting to be responsive to the pandemic and its impact on the people we support. We have seen the numbers go up and go down. We have seen the vaccine rates increase only to be told that boosters are on the horizon. It seems that uncertainty is the new norm. For the people we support, these past 18 months have been even more challenging. We recognize that we have changed direction many times over the past months. Our primary goal is to keep the participants, staff, and community safe. We continue to require masks and highly encourage staff and participants to be vaccinated. We have over an 80% vaccination rate for both staff and participants. However, we are ever-vigilant as this pandemic seems to change course as quickly as we are able to respond to it. I appreciate everyone’s support and patience. Like the rest of the Nation, we are struggling with an unprecedented labor shortage. We are down 33% of our work force. Our staff are tired but committed! We celebrated Direct Support Professional’s Week in September and were able to give staff an increase to their hourly pay as a small token of appreciation for all they have endured. Without hesitation, I can say that the Harford Center staff are the best of the best. Thank you all for your continued belief in our mission, support of our staff, and adherence to our safety protocols. Now is the time to pull together as a community to encourage and care for one another. This time of change will come to an end, but until then, please know that the Harford Center will continue to assess all available information and make decisions to keep all members of the Harford Center family safe.  

DSP Week: In September, we celebrated our Direct Support Professionals! Our DSPs are some of the kindest and hardest working people you could ever meet. We should all celebrate them every day! Thank you, Harford Center DSPs, for everything you do! And thank you to Gillian for coordinating DSP Week!

The Harford Center is hiring! Come be part of this amazing crew. Click here for details!

Congratulations to Kendra!

Kendra was recognized by the Maryland Department of Disabilities as an Outstanding Direct Support Professional!

Kendra was nominated for her work supporting Carl in his employment with Mason-Dixon Community Services, Inc. With Kendra’s support, Carl is able to deliver groceries to more than 16 residents in the northern part of Harford County, each month!

Way to go, Kendra!!! We are so proud of you!!

That feeling when you get paid

for the first time after a long pandemic break!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our art show!

If you didn't get a chance to attend, you still have a chance to own a Harford Center original! Click here to visit our raffle page. Choose "art show" from the drop down menu for a chance to win paintings, embroideries, keychains, and more!

Our 60 for 60 campaign is well under way!

Join us for the virtual event on October 23 at 7:00 PM!

Visit Event Page
Buy Raffle Tickets
Donate $60

Thank you so much to our

wonderful sponsors!

Jesse Bane

Please Support

Our Friends at

Veteran Compost!

Watch the video on the left to learn more about them. Click here to see photos and videos of our day touring their wonderful facility!

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!