COVID-19 Risk Plan
When will OTB begin providing services in the building again?
We are back in the building and doing virtual classes. Interested in being apart of our program? Please contact Bri Booram at email@example.com for more details!
When OTB opens, how will you ensure social distancing occurs given the small group spaces?
We will maintain guidelines and best practices suggested by health officials by keeping even smaller groups than usual (no more than 4 participants and 1 staff per room), removing excess furniture from rooms to encourage 6ft of distance between individuals, and not participating in community outings or riding in staffs’ automobiles.
Will I still get to be a part of my small group, do my favorite things, and work with my favorite staff?
We will do everything we can to ensure meaningful and fun activities are occurring, however, when participants return they will likely be working with different staff and be included in different small groups than they were previously a part of. Over time and as more people return, we will be able to move towards more normalcy in our everyday operations.
When OTB opens, what changes will I need to make to my regular habits?
All participants and staff will be asked to wear masks, wash their hands upon entry, be prepared to leave immediately if signs of any illness are present, and adhere to hourly reminders to wash hands in order to participate in services.
What if I do not feel comfortable sending my loved one to in-person services?
An amazing group of OTB staff are providing virtual 1:1 meetings, virtual small groups, and conducting regular phone calls to program participants who are not comfortable or able to return to programming at this time. It’s been a great way to challenge our creativity and fight isolation! If you want to join one of our virtual groups please contact Bri Booram at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also keep in mind that there are many people with more immediate needs than OTB. Please be kind to your neighbors, offer to get groceries for others when you’re going out, send encouraging cards to healthcare workers, or buy gift cards for your favorite local restaurants.
How will Inside the Bottle, OTBs annual fundraiser, be impacted by this pandemic?
We have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s ITB fundraiser.
Through years of experience, and a shared passion for supporting people with developmental disabilities, Outside the Box, Inc.(OTB) co-founders envisioned giving people MORE…more opportunities for learning, hope, and purpose. In 2008, OTB became a reality and no longer a dream. Outside the Box (OTB) co-founders quickly turned into two part-time employees, a graduate intern, and a four-person clientele in a borrowed conference room. Within the first two years, we expanded into our own space housing 15 staff and nearly 100 participants. Today OTB is now in a 14,000 square foot home on seven acres of green space supporting over 350 participants and 50 staff.
Outside the Box is more than just a name. It is a unique culture that empowers our participants and staff members to become the very best versions of themselves. By celebrating individual successes and building inner wealth, it is our hope that everyone experiences personal growth during their time at OTB and beyond. OTB provides three lines of services to let our participants explore different opportunities. Our Day Services Program is where our participants are peer matched in small groups and work through a structured curriculum and have weekly opportunities to practice skills in community settings of their choice. Employment Services is dedicated to working with participants on skills and knowledge they need to be successful in the workforce. Studio OTB, allows program participants to express themselves artistically and explore with their tactile and visual senses through a variety of media.