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The Arc of New Jersey Heroes of 2020

The Arc Middlesex County Group Home Managers

The Arc Middlesex County Group Home Managers

Lulu Lewis, Cambridge Rd.  (Medical) 
Tuquan Wright, Clauss St. 
Japheth Midianga, Darrow St. 
JauConnie Hawley, Exeter St. 
Osas Joshua, Glen Gary Rd.
Edith Fuller, Helen Dr.
Umu Sesay, Huntington St. -A
Umu Sesay, Huntington St. -B
Agnes Kamara, Jennifer Ln. (Medical) 
Alhassan Komeh, Kendall Rd. 
Martha Shivers, Kingsley Rd. 
Oluwakemi (Pat) Ifewekwune, Marie Ln. 
Titus Ayorinde, Monmouth Rd. 
Bolanle Ogunfowora, Oak St.
Abdulai Sesay, Palmer Rd. 
Augustine Udott, Prospect Plains Rd.
Joyce Agyakwah, Roxy Av. 
Valery Jean, Schoolhouse Rd. 
Virginia Williams, South 6th Av.
Laura Dassama, Woodshore E. 

The Manager Leaders across the Arc Middlesex County have truly displayed the qualities of warriors during the battle to provide protection, care, safety and continuous programming during the last 9 months during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Their dedication and commitment has been unwavering and sacrificial every step of the way. 

From reassuring the Participants served and the Parents and Guardians of such; the Managers on the front lines have continued to provide a safe environment where not only the Participants are safe-guarded and continuously engaged in meaningful activities; but the families are assured that their loved ones are getting the best of care during the Pandemic.  In addition, families and Managers discuss and work as a team to coordinate approved visitation and or family visits virtual or otherwise—in the safest way possible with adherence to State Safety Protocols in place due to the Pandemic. 

Sacrificially, the Managers have been available 24/7 consistently providing guidance, support and working diligently to solve any new problems presented due to the Pandemic.  Such as, finding masks, and the needed cleaning supplies for the 20 Group Homes, which at the beginning of Pandemic was a challenge.  Some Managers arrived at the local stores at 6am to purchase their needed supplies.  Also, early on, the Managers used their own funds to quickly grab/purchase masks – which were in short supply; until the agency was able to obtain inventory of PPE for daily disposable use.  The Managers have provided consistent daily communication with staff during the Pandemic which has been extremely important; ensuring all understood as well as consistently followed the safety protocols, daily cleaning/disinfecting and screenings.  Protecting the lives of the Participants served and Staff serving them is of the utmost importance and it shows.  Finally, covering shifts when their Staff were either out with COVID-19 or their family members were fighting the virus; the Managers were there for the Participants ensuring continuity of safety and service. 

Their true passion has shown through, they have not wavered or walked away from the task.  As a matter of fact, their commitment is steadfast.  Even as one Manager lost a family member to COVID-19;  and recovered from the virus themselves; they returned cleared by their Doctor to work and continued to serve her Participants, Staff and the Agency.  Not one left their post; they to this day have continued to lead the way supervising their Staff to ensure the best care and service is delivered daily for the Group Home Participants. 

They are TRUE Heroes on the front lines alongside their Staff.  They are dedicated Leaders who serve sacrificially, with heart, courage, and resilience.