When COVID-19 hit Eastern Connecticut, Andrew fell into a funk. Since high school, the 41-year-old man with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) had actively participated in structured, specialized programs to learn to perform tasks independently and to stay active.
“For about eight weeks, he just slept around the clock,” his mother, Sharon, of Scotland, says. “He was really down in the dumps. It was so unexpected. He did not even want to join family activities.”
Virtual programming from The Arc Eastern Connecticut perked Andrew up. “The Zoom sessions have been a lifeline,” Sharon says. “Maybe even literally.”
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When The Arc offered virtual programming, Sharon didn’t think Andrew would be up for two sessions daily, but he surprised her. “He was right there! He does not want to miss a moment. He looks forward to it every day. I don’t know what we’d be doing if we were living in the 1918 pandemic without all these technical supports.”
Pamela, John and Melanie live in Niantic. Melanie, 32, was going like gangbusters in The Arc’s vocational program, baking Classic Crunch Chocolate Chip Cookies at ShopRite in New London. “That whole program, with the cookie baking and how you sell those cookies, is one of the most innovative programs in the country,” John said.
Melanie’s job involved mixing dry ingredients into batter as her friend Sean added eggs and butter. “The cookie job became a real job,” John said, “and she was very proud of that. We’re looking forward to when it’s appropriate for her to resume her career.”
Although The Arc ECT lawn crew operated throughout the pandemic, in recent weeks the
Majority of the Mahindra units procured by the Philippine National Police (PNP) are said to be in good condition. This was based on the report submitted by the Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC).
CAC said that around majority of the 2,045 vehicles—composed of Enforcer Patrol Jeeps and the Scorpio Light Transport Vehicles (LTV)—have undergone continuous aftersales program.
From October 22, 2018 up to February 29 this year, Mahindra conducted a regular Preventive Maintenance Service (PMS) and free inspection on 1,645 units that were under the PNP and were serviced for free—saving more than P10 million worth of parts and services in the campaign.
Further, CAC gave Goodwill Warranty for the 474 units that were already out of coverage—meaning a unit has been accorded with the same service as those under the rated period. Such move gave an additional savings of above P12.6 million.
The initiative was made possible as Mahindra has a P30-million spare parts stock to replace worn out parts of the PNP units.
Moreover, Mahindra CAC has dedicated a service group of Service Engineers that would monitor the areas where Mahindra units were stationed. These engineers are deployed in the four parts depot strategically-located in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. An additional four Mobile Service Vehicles were built to conduct regular site visits.
Furthermore, Mahindra claimed that such move was done to ensure that the vehicles assigned to the police force will be running and functioning properly when needed.
“We even conducted regular training exercises with the handlers and managers of these Mahindra units covering the subjects of proper operation, maintenance and basic trouble shooting of the units so the drivers and users of the patrol jeeps and LTV’s are familiar with their Mahindra service vehicles,” Mahindra After-Sales Director Antonio Mallari Jr. said.