April 29 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 will continue to remain closed through the end of May 2020.

“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.

Updates include:

  • The Arc of Katy is updating plans and will continue to keep its day program closed and cancel all social programs through the end of May. Families and providers will not be charged tuition for days The Arc of Katy remains closed.
  • The Arc of Katy is planning ahead for our summer program that is scheduled to begin June 1, 2020. Spaces have been reserved for participants whose families have submitted a registration form. Our staff continues to accept registration requests. Some days of the week are available. Other days are filled to capacity and a waiting list is being kept for those interested in attending on those days.
  • The Arc of Katy is rescheduling The Arc of Katy 2020 Gala Benefit Celebrating Hometown Heroes to August 28, 2020.
  • 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 this website and our Facebook page.
  • To stay connected with our participants as we stay at home, our staff, volunteers and some participants also have posted a number of videos on YouTube.

“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/