MORA Update 6/4/2020


Dear MORA family,

Hundreds, thousands are gathering in Minneapolis and around the country today, for the first funeral service to mourn George Floyd. His killing last Memorial Day was filmed and witnessed in several horrific minutes but his cruel death was hundreds of years in the making.

Today, I want to request that we all create time to honor George Floyd’s humanity, his loved ones, and our broken communities. I also encourage us all to reflect on how we can become more than kind words and hashtags.  How we can all change for the better in small, yet bold ways.
We have work to do, starting with ourselves.

This past week, at MORA, we turned inward and focused on listening to you as a way to begin processing shock, trauma, and grief. We asked that every single employee be reached and asked how they were doing and what they needed. Please keep asking and keep listening.

I want to remind you; we are already the helpers that Mr. Rogers talked about. We take care of each other and our community. We will support all of us to process outrage, grief, despair… at different speeds. We will find the right actions to go forward together – with what we stand for – our values, love, justice — and what we stand against – racism, hatred, violence.

We are …Thoughtful. Calm. Vigilant. Empathetic. Listening. Do-ers.

To support the above, this email is loaded with information on how you can help, how you can take care of yourself, and where we are thoughtfully adjusting protocols around COVID-19 while still making safety and health our #1 priority.

This is a long email. Please read thoroughly.  Please also take a look at the below PDF. This is a copy of advocacy resources the Case Management team and Diversity & inclusion Committee pulled together for your personal use, if you so choose.


As you finish reading this email, please take a deep breath … exhale …. find a place of peace.




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Zoom Check-ins: Continuing to reach and include all staff, we tested several audio recordings of these updates shared by email and Mighty Text. Did you find this helpful to continue?

Please join Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am.

As a reminder, we’ll recap the Zoom calls in a weekly Thursday email.



Work/Life Balance, Stress Management, Meditation and Communication sessions will continue through summer. We want to hear from you what times during the week are convenient for these 20-30 minute virtual sessions.
Contact Jessica Gallo,

ACT NOW !!! Reserve an overnight getaway, generously donated by the Mount Olivet Retreat Center, on Thursday, June 11 or Thursday, June 25 reserve 24 hours of serenity amidst 150 acres of nature, email Alexis Seiler,



Sunday, June 7, 10:30 am: Pastor Don will be hosting Sunday Morning Church outside from the lawn of the Victoria office (weather cooperating) and as always, on Facebook Live, staff and clients are invited to drive-up, park, watch and listen live from the comfort of the House van. 

Waterfront open for boat rides! To assure social distancing Homes must sign-up for time in the Victoria gym or at the waterfront with Nate McKenzie,


ONE THING, you can do today:

Advocate for MORA clients through COVID-19
Over 80 days into the pandemic, the federal government has not designated a single dollar of emergency relief specifically for Medicaid-funded disability providers. Please take two minutes today Congress to demand that federal relief dollars reach Medicaid-funded providers of long-term supports and services to their constituents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).


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COVID-19: Vigilant but gently opening

New COVID-19 Testing Recommendation

The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that anyone that has attended a protest, vigil, or community clean-up get tested for COVID-19. COVID-19 can spread easily and quickly in large groups of people who are close together. Some people do not have symptoms but can still spread the virus to others.

If you start to feel sick, get tested right away. If you do not feel sick, get tested as soon as you can, but no later than 5-7 days after the event. If the test is negative and you are worried you might have been exposed, get another test 12-14 days after the event, even if you do not feel sick. Find locations here.

TRAVEL: Staff are no longer required to automatically quarantine for 14 days after out of state air travel. Work restrictions/safety measures after travel are dependent on restrictions in place at the time and locations traveled to.  We highly encourage staff to discuss their Supervisor or Director their safety plan, research the area they are visiting for any restrictions, and keep exposure to a minimum.

Adult Day Services (ADS) and Respite Home will open up as soon as we are safely able.



Residents going out with family/guardians: We are extending family visits beyond just our MORA Home backyards. Residents are able to visit with families at parks, family homes or other outdoor public locations as long as all follow safety measures (masks, social distance, less than 10 people) and a staff member is present. This requires on staffing availability and guardians communicating plan in advance.

Homemade food and treats are welcome again. Wash hands, wash hands, wash hands, and always use serving utensils! Thank you.

Strict Quarantine required (14 days in bedroom, bathroom only) for Residential clients returning after family home stays during Stay Home orders. Concerns need to be discussed case-by-case between guardians, Supervisors and Home staff. This would be a difficult, stressful and potentially detrimental situation for clients and staff. Potential separate quarantine possibilities are being discussed. Questions to Jen Hall, Nursing,


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Our Case Management team and our Diversity & Inclusion Committee have begun a targeted local resource list – including advocacy, activism for justice, police reform and educational suggestions around racism and cultural change. For more information and resources see the PDF linked above.

However, if you feel so moved, here are 3 immediate actions you can take….

Advocate for Justice
Share your voice seeking fair legal justice with Minnesota’s Attorney General, Keith Ellison
at 651-296-3353 or 800-657-3787.

Advocate for Reform
Sign the legislative petition to hold police forces accountable for shooting unarmed citizens.

Donate to rebuild destroyed businesses and public spaces in Minneapolis and St. Paul


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GIVING & HELPING   Wondering how you can help?  Looking for help yourself? 

MORA Resource Drive: We are collecting basic need donations at Victoria and Chanhassen Offices and securing volunteers to deliver in the coming weeks. Most common items needed:

  1. Toilet Paper
  2. Paper Towels
  3. Toothpaste
  4. Feminine Hygiene Products (pads, not tampons)
  5. Baby Formula (all brands, powdered)
  6. Baby Wipes
  7. Diapers (all sizes but especially 4/5T and pull ups)
  8. Laundry Detergent
  9. Bottled Water
  10. Hand Sanitizer
  11. Bars and Snacks such as granola Bars, crackers, nuts, etc.
  12. Kids food – applesauce, mac/cheese, graham crackers, etc.

Please send new info and questions to Volunteer Coordinator, Laurie Mahoney,
612-322 2638,  She is collecting and coordinating a list of organizations that need donations as well as a list of organizations that you can go to for help.


Many in our community are creating resources that are updated daily. List of Twin Cities groups offering support after riots:

Minnesota Food Help Line, 1-888-711-1151

Loaves & Fishes at metro YMCAs:

Hallie Q Brown Community Center offers a food shelf and clothing closet for 19 Twin Cities zip codes. 651-224-4601


HealthPartners is keeping an updated list of open pharmacies after the looting, arson and closings. Members can call number on back of ID card for help finding an in-network pharmacy from 7-5, M-F. For after-hours/weekend support call 800-593-8505.