Rita Manatrizio, Shirley McGahan and Joan Telotte are highlighted with Woodland Ridge staff in a recent AJC article explaining the impact of the pandemic on senior living. As Beth Cayce the CEO of CaraVita stated, the goal of the article was to raise Governor Kemp’s and the public awareness of the need to provide some of the $17.4 billion American Rescue Plan money that the state received to help bolster senior living. Woodland Ridge is a nonprofit and its mission is to meet the needs of those they serve, but with the prices of supplies doubling and tripling along with a work force challenge, and everyone trying to boost occupancy at the same time, our recovery efforts need a boost.
Throughout the pandemic it is our residents that kept us bolstered. Knowing that their smiles and love were there for us helped our staff as we weathered an unprecedented time in our history. Now we want to continue to give back to them and hope that with some relief money we can improve the staff wage structure. We want to ask those out there who understand how hard this pandemic has hit us and senior living to write to the Governor now as applications go into the ARPA at the state. We need your help as we try to tell our story. Contact Amy Brannen with your letters so we can send them in at the beginning of August to the Governor. Amyb@caravita.com. Or call 1-800-GEORGIA (+1 800-436-7442) or 404-656-1776 or write to him directly. Let him hear firsthand that we need his support.