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Dear Families of the Diller Home,
This past year has been a challenge for everyone. In 2020, we made the difficult decision to close the Diller Home due to the global pandemic Despite this setback, our camp counselors offered.a digital experience, which 65 campers participated in over the summer. We felt like it was a great success, given the circumstances.

Although it has been a long year, we now know much more about COVID-19 than we did this time last year. We have access to an ample amount of research, information, and guidelines that we used to drive our decision to open our camp in 2021. The Board retained a Covid Consultant, who sought input from Camp Administration to determine if a summer camp was something we could successfully organize. As always, our top priority is the safety and health of our campers and staff.

We are so pleased to announce that we will have an “in person” camp this summer. We will be at a 60% capacity, offering vacations to 12 campers per week (instead of 20). All registered families from 2020 will be given first priority, starting with older campers. I will be in touch with all families (via phone) who were registered in 2020 to choose their preferred week in the month of April. Applications will be sent out at a later date and will not be available on the website.

There will be COVID restrictions that all campers/parents must agree on prior to attending camp this summer. Although our plan may be adjusted slightly prior to June (based on updated CDC guidelines), the following will be a part of our plan for sure:
● All employees will be vaccinated
● There will be 2 campers per bedroom (we will pair siblings together)
● All campers will need to be tested 72-48 hours prior to their arrival (no
matter if the camper is vaccinated)
● All campers will be tested 48 hours after their arrival (test done by the
Diller Home)
● Masks will be worn when we are in town (with the exception of the beach)
● Masks will be worn in the house (with the exception of sleeping) from
arrival time to the time campers test negative on (Tuesday).
● Daily temperature checks
● No Saturday transportation will be offered this summer

These restrictions are non-negotiable. If these restrictions are not something that you feel comfortable with, we hope to see you and your child again in 2022.

In addition to the news of opening this summer, I have some personal information to share with you all. My husband and I are expecting our second child in June. What a year!

With that being said, the Diller Home will be welcoming a new Camp Director for 2021 as I will be on leave this summer. Jim Moreland, who has been with the home for 6 years, will transition from Assistant Director to Camp Director. Jim has been a wonderful addition to our staff over the years and I am confident this season will be a great success with him as Director!

Thank you all for your support as we continue our mission this summer as the Helen Diller Home for Blind Children. Please email me at dillerblindhome@gmail.com or call 610-329-6133 if you have any questions. I will talk to you all soon!

Regards,
Emily O’Donnell

2021 Dates
Week 1: June 13-19
Week 2: June 20-26
Week 3: June 27-July 3
Week 4: July 4-July 10
Week 5: July 11-July 17
Week 6: July 18- July 24
Week 7: July 25-July 31
Week 8: Aug. 1-Aug. 7

 

The Diller Home is a registered 501c3 charitable corporation under the name Challenged Children’s Charities Corporation.