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AARBF’s Path to Reopening

AARBF’s Path to Reopening

We never could have imagined that when our cities, counties and state were placed under “Stay-at-Home” orders back in March, that we would continue to be in a similar situation in the month of July. People are growing restless, going stir crazy and are wondering “when can we return to normal???”

As COVID-19 continues to be a serious threat to the health and safety of the staff, volunteers, burn survivors and communities that we serve, the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation continues to provide innovative and unique ways to keep burn survivors, and our entire AARBF community, engaged and connected through virtual opportunities.

Throughout the past few months we have offered, and will continue to offer, online support groups, virtual camps and programs, hospital e-visits and online burn prevention education resources and materials. We remain committed to our mission of significantly reducing the number of burn injuries through prevention education and enhancing the quality of life of those affected by burn injuries, in California- even during these uncertain times.

As we look ahead at our upcoming AARBF programs and events in 2020 and 2021, we continue to monitor the Centers for Disease Control website for updates on the spread of the coronavirus and recommendations we need to consider as a community, organization and as individuals to keep ourselves healthy and safe. We are also closely monitoring California’s Resilience Roadmap on how the state plans to reopen businesses and activities.

AARBF’s Path to Reopening is Based on California’s 4-Stage Resilience Roadmap

California Stage 1 – AARBF offices are closed to the public and AARBF staff are required to work from home. Where possible,  In-Person events (survivor services, prevention, fundraising, administration) will be modified to virtual opportunities. No In-Person events will be held.

California Stage 2 – AARBF offices are closed to the public and AARBF staff may return to the office in accordance to CDC and state health and safety guidelines. Where possible, In-Person events (survivor services, prevention, fundraising, administration) will be modified to virtual opportunities. No In-Person events will be held.

California Stage 3 – AARBF offices are open to the public in accordance to CDC and state health and safety guidelines. Daytime AARBF events will resume (i.e. Day at the Park, Holiday Parties, Support Groups, etc.) with adherence to CDC, state and local public health guidelines. No hospital visits. No support groups in hospitals. No overnight events.

California Stage 4 – AARBF offices are open to the public in accordance to CDC and state health and safety guidelines. All AARBF events (daytime and overnight) will resume as scheduled, with adherence to CDC, state and local public health guidelines.

As of July 7, 2020, California remains in Stage 2 of its 4-Stage Plan. As such, AARBF offices remain closed to the public, and AARBF staff may return to the office in accordance to CDC and state health and safety guidelines. Where possible, In-Person events (survivor services, prevention, fundraising, administration) will be modified to virtual opportunities, and no in-person events will be held until California moves into Stage 3 and/or Stage 4 of its reopening plan.

We hope that by sharing AARBF’s Reopening Plan you will have a better understanding of the thought and care that have been put into ensuring that your health and safety remain our top priority. We miss our handshakes, high-fives, hugs and gatherings, and look forward to brighter days ahead of us.

Until then, take care of yourselves…and each other.

For more information about AARBF’s Path to Reopening contact Jennifer Radics-Johnson at jradics@aarbf.org or 818-848-0223 ext. 12.

In health and safety,

Jennifer Radics-Johnson, MBA, CFRE, CVA

Executive Director