April 6, 2021
Dear Westside Community of Staff, Self-Advocates, Vendors, and Families:
It is with mixed emotions that I inform you of my resignation as Executive Director from Westside Regional Center, as I have decided to pursue other professional opportunities and challenges. An anonymous person once shared, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.” How reflective is this on my journey at WRC. The time we have spent together at Westside has been fueled with intense moments of incredible accomplishment and reenergized faith in collaborations that bring about real change.
The last several months have been a time of tremendous stress, uncertainty, and most recently a breadth of hope as we slowly get a handle on the most unprecedented crisis of our lifetime. It has been a time when the role of the regional center has been magnified beyond its traditional role and has pivoted to lead direct efforts of supporting the most critical functions of saving lives.
There has been nothing during these last several months that has reflected regular regional center business as usual. We have provided wartime-like nursing support to residential homes, distributed millions of pieces of PPE to keep the community safe, turned Westside Regional Center into a Covid-testing site and now a Covid-19 vaccine distribution location. Staff moved from traditional case managers to crisis management facilitators overnight.
On top of this crisis, WRC has experienced a time of significant internal changes, including new leadership and regulatory challenges. There has been no instruction manual for all of this, yet my focus has been on leading the Center to prevail in all of these areas.
I am proud of the dedicated work of the staff who continue to be the guiding force that allows WRC to deliver an impeccable level of service to the families and clients supported. “Keep on, keeping on”.
And, as our world slowly transitions, I can only hope that WRC does not transition back to its pre-Covid normal, but will learn from our shared experiences and bring life to a better, more inclusive normal for the 10,000 clients and their families who depend on the Center.
Collaborations, respect, and support are key to the future of WRC navigating a climate of constant change. The stronghold of a small group can either prevent or propel its success. It has been my pleasure and honor to advance the mission of the Center.
To ensure a seamless leadership transition, the Board of Directors has appointed long-time executive staff Mary Lou Weise-Stusser, Director of Community Services, as its Interim Executive Director to guide the Center through its next phase.
This transition will be effective on April 6, 2021.
In observance of César Chávez Day, our offices will be closed on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Regular office hours will resume on Thursday, April 1, 2021. WRC clients who require urgent assistance during the holiday closure can call (310) 258 – 4000 for support.
En conmemoración del Día de César Chávez, nuestras oficinas estarán cerradas el miércoles 31 de marzo de 2021. El horario regular de oficina se reanudará el jueves 1 de abril de 2021. Los clientes del WRC que requieran asistencia urgente durante el cierre festivo pueden llamar al (310) 258-4000 para apoyo.
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Buenos días, comunidad del WRC,
Este es un mensaje del Centro Regional Westside. El problema con respecto a la interrupción de Internet en Spectrum Internet se ha resuelto y las líneas telefónicas regulares en el Centro Regional Westside ahora están funcionando con normalidad. Si necesita comunicarse con nosotros, llame al
Gracias y tenga un maravilloso día.
Las líneas telefónicas regulares del Centro Regional Westside están actualmente inactivas debido a un corte de Internet de Spectrum en el área. Actualmente estamos operando en nuestras líneas de respaldo, sin embargo, nuestro número regular (310) 258-4000 está funcionando. Llame a este número y la recepcionista de turno transferirá su llamada al miembro del personal con el que está tratando de comunicarse.
Gracias y tenga un maravilloso día.
This message is to inform you that our phone and internet services are currently not available. Our service provider, Spectrum, has informed us that due to a fire around the Inglewood area, our area’s internet service was affected as fiber lines were damaged. We will keep you updated as this matter gets resolved.
If you need immediate assistance, please call our after-hours line at 310-469-0131 or send us an email at Info-WRC@WestsideRC.org.
Este mensaje es para informarle que nuestros servicios de teléfono e internet no están disponibles actualmente. Nuestro proveedor de servicios, Spectrum, nos ha informado que debido a un incendio en el área de Inglewood, el servicio de Internet de nuestra área se vio afectado debido a que las líneas de fibra se dañaron. Lo mantendremos informado a medida que se resuelva este asunto.
Si necesita asistencia inmediata, llame a nuestra línea fuera del horario de atención al 310-469-0131 o envíenos un correo electrónico a Info-WRC@WestsideRC.org.