LARC has been awarded a grant through the Workers’ Compensation Trust Safety Grant program to purchase and install lifts in two of LARC’s Day Service Option programs as well as one of the organization's group homes in Torrington. LARC was one of 61 organizations awarded a grant out of a pool of 116 organizations that applied for a 2020 safety grant.Many of the individuals served by LARC have very limited mobility. Several are in wheelchairs and have limited or greatly diminished strength. The organization continually assesses the positioning and mobility needs of individuals in the programs or residing in group homes and responds accordingly. Recently, it was determined that new adaptive and patient lifting equipment was needed to replace existing equipment. “We are so grateful for the support from Workers’ Compensation Trust,” said Michael Menard, Executive Director at LARC, in a statement. “The safety of individuals in our programs and our staff are priority and we are always assessing equipment and upgrades to accommodate evolving needs. This grant will enable LARC to purchase and install the necessary equipment to safeguard individuals and staff.”
Due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, the LARC Annual Meeting is taking place through an agency wide COVID-19 Update which shares some of the heroic work that staff have continued to do. Our hope is that you will take a few minutes to read the report and see how the agency is responding during this unprecedented and difficult time.
Grant Donation from Eversource Energy Foundation - April 29, 2020
LARC has received a grant of $1,500 from Eversource Energy to fund the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff working on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though LARC’s offices remain closed with staff working remotely, many are caring for individuals in group homes while others are supporting individuals who continue to work in the community at grocery stores and other locations. On a daily basis, large quantities of face masks, disposable gloves and protective gowns are keeping LARC staff and individuals safer amidst the COVID-19 virus.