Clearbrook Commons: Supporting Families & Individuals With Disabilities During a Pandemic by Mike Prochaska

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Clearbrook Commons: Supporting Families & Individuals With Disabilities During a Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has been crazy for everyone. But I want to tell you about Clearbrook Commons where my wife is the director. Clearbrook Commons is just one of the many facilities ran by Clearbrook for people with disabilities. 

It seems like every day things change for her. Every day she has a new problem to solve, but she handles it like a champ.

This is just one building of the Clearbrook programs. She has to make sure 85 adults with disabilities who all live in her program are taken care of during the pandemic and keep up with continuously changing rules and regulations.

As I try to keep from going crazy doing e-learning with the kids, she is trying to keep the ship afloat at work. She jokes that there's going to be a shipwreck any day. Her building is old and falling apart, and she is always gluing it back together. But the clients are what matter and they are taken care of.

Many of us are staying home, scared and unsure of how the COVID-19 pandemic will play out. Direct service professionals for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities do not have that option. Similar to health-care professionals, grocery workers and first responders, direct service professionals report to work every day knowing there is a critical shortage of PPE and medical supplies.

Many of the clients don’t have families and need gifts this holiday season. So if you're looking for somewhere to donate, consider Clearbrook. In a normal year, donations help Clearbrook go above and beyond – to be the exceptional agency that I know. Throughout these past eight months, Clearbrook has incurred extra costs as they work tirelessly to keep the staff and their residents safe. I know 2020 has drained all of us.

Clearbrook has grieved the loss of life, the loss of normalcy and struggled financially to operate at their high standards. Your support is more crucial than ever. Learn more at Clearbrook.org.

Photo: Clearbrook.org

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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Thank you for shining a light on this amazing organization, Mike Prochaska . Making a great difference in the world.
Matthew Lister
Such an amazing woman to do such an exhausting job- I know it can not be easy. I work with disabled children (ages 1 or 2, up to late teenage), and then heroes like your wife take the reigns and continue keeping them successful and shining like the stars each and every one of them is. I appreciate you writing this- it brought me joy to read.
Mike Prochaska
Watch this video and you will see what everyone during the pandemic was like at clearbrook!! Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
youtu.be/DoEcseNj2Fo

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