To Our Friends in the Disability Community;

What a difference the events of the past few weeks have made in our lives, the state of our nation and the world. The entire country, including many of us on a personal level, have been profoundly impacted by the effects of the global pandemic.

Because no one is immune to the consequences of the virus’ spread, I want to take a moment to express our organization’s solidarity with countless families and individuals coping with the fallout of the COVID-19 crisis, and especially with those in coronavirus hot spots, such as New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, California, Louisiana, Illinois, Michigan, and the growing number of other increasingly affected regions. (For up to date information about how to protect against infection by COVID-19, visit www.cdc.gov.)

 In the past few weeks, UCP National has advocated in support of issues vital to the disabilities community, including the urgent need for the type of targeted financial resources that were ultimately included in the federal economic stimulus packages passed by Congress. We will continue to serve this role as our nation faces what most believe will be a long and slow recovery.

While the weeks and months ahead will not be easy, I have been inspired by the steadfast commitment of our UCP Affiliates, our team, and our generous volunteers who are working tirelessly to meet the needs of the disability community in the U.S. and Canada. I am especially moved by the hope, resilience and strength I have so often seen displayed in the indomitable spirit of the people we serve.

Be well. Be healthy. Be safe.

Respectfully,

Armando Contreras

President & CEO

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