Before COVID-19, very few of us could have imagined our current reality. The pandemic has disrupted all of our normal routines, including how we work.
In the past few weeks, we at CCI have contemplated how we can best maintain the safety and stability of our staff and program participants given that COVID-19 does not appear to be going away any time soon and in fact is increasing significantly and unpredictably across the United States. We know that the only way we will recover from the present crisis is by taking bold steps forward and centering racial justice in all that we do. We know that we have to keep our work going, while also nurturing ourselves and those who are connected to us. And we know that we must continue to push ourselves to break from past habits and continue reimagining how and where we work.
Thus, we have proactively made the decision to keep our staff at home and run our programs online at least through March 2021. We understand this is an unprecedented step, but these are unprecedented times.
One of CCI’s values is that we invest in people and keep sight of our shared humanity. More specifically, we recognize that keeping ourselves healthy and practicing self-care are important elements of our work and workplace culture. This move will give our staff and program participants the time, space, and flexibility they need to prioritize their wellbeing and care for their loved ones, while they continue to move our work forward. If circumstances change, we will reassess our options. But keeping those within our reach safe and healthy will remain at the top of our priorities as we work through the unknowns of the months and year ahead.