As a result of the President’s declaration of a National Emergency, the Governor’s declaration of a Statewide Emergency, and the Town’s order to move to a Public Health Emergency Level 3 protocol, the Georgetown Council on Aging and the Georgetown Senior Community Center (located in the left wing of the Perley School) are closed and will remain closed until further notice.
The on-going COVID-19 pandemic has meant significant disruption to our lives. Suddenly, daily schedules that often include visits with friends at the Senior Center, lunch at a local restaurant, end-of-the year school celebrations with precious grandchildren and quiet times spent at weekly worship services have all come to a halt. Many of us know people or family members who have been directly affected by the coronavirus. We may know people who have become ill with the virus or have lost their jobs as a result of the disruption to businesses. Sadly, we may know some people who have lost their lives to COVID-19.
Throughout all of the sadness and grief that has surrounded us at this time, we have also been surrounded by love, care and compassion. Community groups have donated groceries and other items to local food pantries and people living with need. Neighbors and friends call each other with offers to help with grocery shopping and just to check in with how we are holding up. Suddenly, we see neighbors and parents with children who are not typically home during the day, out for a daily walk together. Grandchildren send us wonderful drawings in the mail. We find ways to worship together on-line or with phone and email messages.
The light that lives within each of us is not diminished. Collectively, we send our light out into the darkness to care for those who are sick and their healthcare providers and to support all who work to keep our communities safe and moving forward. We may be separate from each other at this time, but we know that we are never alone in the darkness. Now, more than ever, we are “Living Well Together.” We will see better days together soon. Until then, please continue to take care of yourselves and each other and be well!
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