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Being Seen, Even At A Distance

The COVID-19 public health crisis is challenging us in ways we never could have imagined merely a few weeks ago. Each of us is managing daily routines in very creative ways in varying forms of remote engagement. Many of TCS’s services have been identified as essential and we are maintaining the mail rooms, switchboards, warehouse facilities, maintenance and janitorial services, kennels and messenger services for governmental facilities that are still operational. 

With vast numbers of people working remotely, the sense of detachment from colleagues, friends, family and the familiarity of routines can increase feelings of unease and concern.  We’ve all been encouraged and have seen examples in the media about ways people are connecting remotely with others. 

Let me offer an additional suggestion to reach out to colleagues you have not communicated with since the start of this crisis, to let them know that they are being thought of. A simple email, text or call is the new 2020 ‘Hallmark moment’ to send a thoughtful message. And for the people your encounter working overtime to fulfill essential functions, offer them a kind word of appreciation to help them cope more effectively while they are providing the vital services we all need. People with and without disabilities are rising to meet this present-day challenge. Let us express our gratitude and let people know that we see their contributions.

My own message is echoed by the encouraging words of Command Chaplain David S. Pahs of the US Merchant Marine Academy, where TCS provides campus janitorial services:

“The ghostly silence of our beloved Academy grounds was broken this morning by the motivated and happy banter of our hard working Corporate Source team. They came to the Mariners’ Chapel today as part of their campus-wide clean-up mission—wiping down all common surfaces with disinfectant. These good people are a reminder of one of the best things to emerge from this challenging time—we must be thankful for the people in our nation who do the hard and often unappreciated work. We’re beginning to recognize them in the news today as heroes—the truckers, grocery store clerks and stockers, janitorial and sanitation workers, and maintenance specialists. Without their hard work and quiet dedication, we would be cold, in the dark, without water, hungry and living in refuse and squalor….Take a moment and thank these good men and women; let them know that their work has value and that you see them.”

– Michael Kramer, CEO, The Corporate Source

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Established in 1996, The Corporate Source provides people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities with well-paying, secure jobs from New York City and Long Island to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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