March 18 Update: The Arc of Katy Response to COVID-19

In response to the most recent direction from public health experts and government officials about how to best prevent further community spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), The Arc of Katy is updating plans and will defer start of our day and social programs until at least April 13.

“We do this with an ongoing spirit of care for the health and safety or our program participants, staff, volunteers and our community,” says Fred Shafer, President of The Arc of Katy.

The Arc of Katy previously announced closing of its adult day program from March 16 to March 20, five additional days beyond spring break; canceled its March 14 rodeo dance; and rescheduled The Arc of Katy 2020 Gala Benefit Celebrating Hometown Heroes from April 3 to August 28. Updates include:

  • The Arc of Katy Adult Day Program is closed until at least April 13.
  • The Arc of Katy has canceled its Rodeo Dance social scheduled for March 14, Movie Night social scheduled for March 21 and Bingo Night scheduled for April 11.
  • The Arc of Katy is rescheduling The Arc of Katy 2020 Gala Benefit Celebrating Hometown Heroes from it original date of April 3 to August 28.
  • The Arc of Katy leadership team will continue to monitor and consider both the public health situation and updates in direction from government and public health officials to inform their understanding of how the situation impacts programs and the broader community.
  • The Arc of Katy will keep participants’ families, staff, volunteers and other stakeholders updated as decisions are made for the organization in response to this unprecedented and evolving global situation.
  • The Arc of Katy will continue to provide pertinent updates on its website and Facebook page.

“Our top priority is the well being of our program participants and families, our staff , volunteers and our community,” Shafer said. “We understand and appreciate all that they do to deliver safe, healthy, fun and meaningful programs and activities for our participants.

“We realize that our participants and their families, staff, volunteers and supporters are all impacted in different ways by the community’s response to this unprecedented and evolving situation and they are thinking through their own individual response and actions to help prevent the further community spread of the coronavirus. We are committed to listening to their input and keeping them informed of decisions as they are made to reopen our programs or to extend our temporary closure.”

The Arc of Katy encourages all our stakeholders to keep informed about decisions and guidance from our government officials and public health experts. Some helpful resources are posted on various federal, state and local websites including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/