An Arc Westchester family reunion featured on News 12!

Jun 19 2020

An Arc Westchester family reunion featured on News 12!

Original Story: News 12 Westchester

People can now visit their loved ones at group homes across Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

As of today, the state is finally allowing visitors at group homes. That includes group homes like one in Yorktown Heights, which will be following strict guidelines, including social distancing and wearing masks as the fight against the coronavirus pandemic continues.The pause on visitation at group homes was essential to saving lives, according to The Arc Westchester, which runs the group home.

Last month, News 12 featured Joe Majsak, a father of one of the residents in Yorktown Heights who hasn’t seen David, his 31-year-old son, since March. Joe said it was especially upsetting that David may not fully understand why they’ve abandoned him out of the blue. Although they were able to FaceTime daily, his parents say it was not the same. As of today, the family can finally reunite.

The Majsaks told News 12, it’s been three tough months staying away—but they are relieved to finally be allowed to visit their son. “It’s joyful it’s like seeing a beautiful thing…that smile,” says Majsak. Of course, mom and dad didn’t arrive empty handed.  They brought David his favorite box of donuts to mark the celebration!

Art by: JOHN ISRAEL
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