By Lymaris Marrero-Deya - Grant Writing Technician
Greetings to all our donors. Hoping that all of you are in good health. Hogares Teresa Toda is very excited to announce that we are in the process of the CARF accreditation. This accreditation represents the highest level of accreditation that a human services organization can receive. Its standards ensure that accredited organizations provide the best possible care, so people like you can trust that our organization has been reviewed with high standards in mind. We are committed to put the care of our girls first, and work hard every day to improve the quality of services in the organization.
With that said, there is a lot of work ahead. Environmental and Accessibility inspections acknowledged the repairs and improvement made after Hurricane Maria like the seal of the resident’s dorm roof, the repairs of the main entrance doors, and the installation of a new fire alarm system. However, there is work pending to be completed like the painting at the interior of one of the resident’s house and the construction of a cement hanger to protect the resident’s van.
Besides the above-mentioned needed repairs, the inspectors made several recommendations that amplify the number of repairs needed to comply with the accreditation standards. These repairs are related to accessibility to become ADA compliant and safety.
In order to be ADA compliant, we need to enlarge the kitchen’s door to apply the standard measure for wheelchairs to pass through; build a ramp at the entrance of the administrative building and another one at one of the houses. We also need to transform a living room into a bedroom for a participant with mobility limitations. In terms of safety, we have been recommended to install a surveillance system among another few details.
So, we have more work to do but we know that we are not alone. We have a community of donors and grantees that walk side by side with us to transform the lives of our participants. We are eager to provide the best care possible, the opportunity to heal trauma and provide our participants with the foundation to become strong and successful women in a near future. Thank you for joining us in this effort and for making the act of giving in an act of hope.
Mar 1, 2021
Just the Freezer
By Lymaris Marrero-Deya - Grant Writing Technician
Greetings to all our donors. Hoping that you all are in good health. After a very difficult pandemic year, there is light at the end of the tunnel with the array of vaccines available. We want to express our biggest thanks to all of you for your continuous support. The Hogar has a new refrigerator and now we are working on getting the funds for the freezer. We are using as many ways as we can to get to end result, which is the acquisition of the freezer that can guarantee safe food management for the benefits of our participants. Donations thru GlobalGiving and other private donors have been received reason why we can say that by the next trimester, we will be able to buy the needed freezer.
Even though we are still in need of the freezer for the safe storage of meat and other frozen items, ever since the acquisition of the refrigerator, we have been able to re-instate a more stable nutritional program as the storage allows to get fresh food in bigger amounts for weekly certified nutritional menu plans. We understand that a healthy nutrition in children helps to establish the foundation for healthy eating habits and nutritional knowledge that they can apply throughout life. The more they understand about nutrition, the more excited they will be about eating healthy. We want to provide then with solid experiences than help them make good decisions starting from what they eat to what and who they want to become.
Thank you again for your genuine support and for making the difference in the life of our girls. Through your example, they also learn the joy of giving. We will keep in touch!
By Lymaris Marrero-Deya - Project Support Assistant
2020 has been a year of great lessons, lessons difficult to digest but at the same time lessons that gave us great learning. In Puerto Rico, we survived several earthquakes at the beginning of the year and keep dealing with a deadly pandemic. Life changed suddenly and we have been forced to adapt to a new reality.
In Hogares Teresa Toda the girls completed the semester online. They had access to quality internet and technological equipment needed to attend distanced modality school as a preventive measure for the COVID19. All of them ended the semester successfully but the distance modality represented a challenge to the smallest girls as well as to those who need special education. The institution hired teachers to provide daily support to the girls during the school hours having three teachers during the day and continued with the Tutoring Program in the afternoons.
Our Program was recognized by the Department of Family as we were part of the institutions that were able to continue operations in full during the pandemic. Strict preventive protocols were implemented and as of today, there have no zero Covid positive case in our institution. Regular tests clinics have been implemented being the last one in December where the Department of Health came to the Program and completed 75 antigen tests.
Given the pandemic, all outings and visits to the facility were cancelled. We implemented movie nights, game days and continued with recurrent recreational activities within our premises. It has been difficult to the girls, yet their resilience arouses. We had a small but beautiful Thanksgiving and Christmas Celebrations.
In Hogares Teresa Toda we thank God for all the blessings, the health, the girls that we serve, the support of our community and for Donors like you who believe in our cause and help us heal the life of many girls who suffered abuse or neglect but are leaning that their trauma does not define them just make them stronger.