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Our community is fortunate to have these essential workers

As the executive director of the Mental Health Association in Fulton & Montgomery Counties, I have the privilege of working with so many amazing women and men every day. This has not been ever more apparent than now. I say that because we are an agency that provides residential services in Montgomery County through community residences, an apartment treatment program, and supported housing. Our community residences — five in total — require staff to be on-site, 24-hours a day, seven days a week — another category of an essential worker. They are there every day supporting, mentoring and caring for the people we serve, and although our other residential programs are not on site with our participants, they are on-call every day, all day, still seeing people and assisting them as they always have.

I know MHA is not the only residential provider that has terrific dedicated residential staff, so I also want to thank all of those staff at Lexington, Catholic Charities, Liberty, Fulton Friendship House and Family Counseling Center’s Domestic Violence Shelter for their work. Our community is so fortunate to have you all. Stay well.

JANINE DYKEMAN

Executive Director

Mental Health Association in Fulton & Montgomery Counties, Inc.

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