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Dear Friends,
I hope you and your families are doing well and that you have something fun planned for the upcoming summer.
We are happy to report that we have not had any more COVID-19 infections among the people we serve since my last update at the end of March. In Oklahoma, three staff members contracted COVID-19 in the last month, including one who was hospitalized.
We are still in phase two of our reopening, which allows for vaccinated people to return to our Day Programs, including individuals who do not live in an Evergreen community home. Family members with proof of vaccination can now hug their loved ones when visiting and do not have to be socially distanced. You can find the full reopening guidelines on our website here.
Texas Winter Storm/Hurricane Laura Aftermath
We are still working to repair the eight community homes damaged during the Texas Winter Storm. Supply and labor shortages have greatly delayed these repairs. Forty-one individuals from our North Central Texas Division remain displaced. We hope that in a few weeks they will be able to return home. In the meantime, these individuals continue to live in hotels and at our Day Program Offices, which have accommodations for day-to-day living
I also wanted to note that we are still rebuilding from Hurricane Laura. In West Calcasieu, the division office was destroyed, and the landlord has decided not to rebuild. We are currently looking for a new office space.
Upcoming fundraisers and events
We have one virtual event and two in-person events planned from now through June.
Virtual HEAVENDROPt Honors Angels of the Sky
When: THIS FRIDAY, May 21 at 5:30 p.m. (EST)
What: Our Angels of the Sky event will highlight our brand new Florida division and our HEAVENDROPt social enterprise. The online auction has many amazing deals that you won’t want to miss. The event is free to attend, and donations are much appreciated.
Register now
Killer Cake Competition
When: Friday, June 4 at 6 p.m. (CST)
What: This stage production will keep you on the edge of your seat in comedic suspense. This stage production of “Killer Cake Competition” is an exciting mystery dinner designed to raise some much-needed funds for the Central Louisiana division of Evergreen Life Services.
Where: Pamela’s Bayou in a Bowl at 2049 N. Mall Drive, Alexandria, Louisiana.
Purchase tickets and sponsorships
Celebrity Waiter Dinner
When: Thursday, June 10 at 6 p.m. (CST)
What: The much-loved Celebrity Waiter Dinner is back! Relax to the soothing sounds of live jazz. Renew your commitment to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in your community. Reconnect with friends. Funds raised benefit the individuals supported in our Northwest and North Central Louisiana Divisions.
Where: East Ridge Country Club at 1000 Stewart Dr., Shreveport, Louisiana.
Purchase tickets and sponsorships
I hope you have a wonderful week. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Sue Buchholtz
President & CEO