COVID-19 Strategy Update (8/7/2020)

A message from our CEO, Wendy Sullivan


As COVID-19 infection rates continue to grow in Missouri and Kansas, along with much of the midwest. Our charge as essential providers remains the same. Stay the course and remain vigilant for those we support, ourselves, families, and our peers.

We must maintain our efforts and continue to social distance when possible, wear a mask, report travel, and continue to clean and sanitize as outlined in our policies and procedures.

It remains critical that we continue to work together during this challenge, and that we abide by our strategy to keep ourselves and those who turn to us for support healthy and safe. I sincerely believe there is not a more dedicated, effective, and motivated team doing this type of work in our industry. Because of each of you, we have been able to support thousands of people during this pandemic.

While we are all navigating ways to stay healthy during COVID-19, many of us may be facing financial questions. Our partners at Freddie Mac have provided some CARES Act and educational resources that might assist you or someone you know in answering these questions. These tools are available here:

In great news, last Tuesday, Missouri voters approved Medicaid expansion as a constitutional amendment. The expansion of care made possible under this new constitutional law will impact thousands of Missourians, save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars each year, and strengthen the safety-net of support for people with disabilities. We will continue to exercise our strength in numbers to protect this and other critical initiatives that impact people with disabilities.

As we move toward the general election in November, we will continue to keep you informed and empowered with tools and resources. In the meantime, thank you to everyone who took the time to vote this week. There truly is no civic responsibility more important than voting.

Our staff-driven three-year strategic plan is nearing completion and should be approved by our Board of Directors this October. The project will guide Easterseals into the next three years of operation with a united commitment to communication, culture, and innovation. We have established the following focus areas to guide and measure our strategic success:

  • The People We Support
  • Our Team
  • Advocacy
  • Financial Sustainability

Throughout this process, we talked with staff, funders, donors, families, and individuals to see where we needed to focus, embrace our current strengths, and move toward a more inclusive future. Guided on our collective journey throughout the next three years, we will empower, connect, innovate, and advocate for the people we support.

I want to thank everyone who has participated in this process. As staff members, you provided invaluable feedback that guided us every step of the way. The Strategic Planning committee looks forward to sharing the finalized strategy with you in the coming months.

Each of you is amazing! I am proud to partner with you in our shared commitment to deliver on our mission. Our Board of Directors, the full leadership team, and I are committed to you. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and will keep you informed.

As always, thank you for all you do.


Wendy Sullivan

Chief Executive Officer

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