Mandy’s Farm Responds to COVID-19 Crisis

Current as of October 26, 2020 –

Mandy’s Farm has worked extensively to adapt to the changing landscape in New Mexico during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. In compliance with the New Mexico Department of Health’s guidance, Mandy’s Farm has suspended all programming conducted in large group settings. Contact your Program Director to find out more about what is currently available in terms of in-home support and virtual programming.

All residential services, through which we support individuals with disabilities in their homes, have been deemed essential by Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham, and are operating under extensive procedural changes advised by the Department of Health in order to ensure the health and safety of all residents and direct caregivers. All visitors, excluding immediate family and therapists (who are limited to visits held in outdoor or alternative settings to allow for distancing and COVID-safe practices), are prohibited from visiting residential settings at this time, but have been provided with support in connecting online via FaceTime, Zoom, and other video chat services. Appropriate health care providers and direct care staff are able to continue to provide services within the homes with the implementation of start-of-shift temperature checks and screening tools, the continual use of masks throughout each shift, and use of strict hygiene/ disinfection procedures. We continue to refine our COVID response procedures to ensure that all of our residents, and those who provide them with support, remain healthy and safe.

All Mandy’s Farm on-site volunteer opportunities have been suspended until further notice. Limited remote volunteer work is occurring on a case-by-case basis.

Adaptive horseback riding and other animal husbandry opportunities at Mandy’s Farm have been suspended until further notice. All animals are being monitored and cared for on a daily basis by designated members of our barn team.

VAMOS programming has successfully shifted to an online platform, with the temporary elimination of all community-based internships. Please contact the VAMOS Manager or VAMOS Director for more information, or to go over questions/ concerns.

Agricultural programming, deemed essential throughout this time, provided a unique opportunity for Mandy’s Farm to support individuals experiencing food insecurity over the past six months. However, our growing season has now come to a close. Please contact the AgrAbility Specialist to find out more about online classes and ways to continue farming apprenticeships from home. We hope to see you under safer circumstances in the Spring of 2021.

Employment services have been adapted, suspended, or increased based on the needs of our local employers and employees with disabilities. We continue to work to ensure that the individuals we support are given equitable access to jobs in the community at minimum wage or higher, while also ensuring that everyone working outside their home is healthy and safe.

Service recipients, family members, donors, and community members with questions regarding any program changes, or ways to help, should reach out to our Development Director, Jessie Calero, at jessie@mandysfarm.org for more information.