Kokua is a nonprofit agency that provides residential support services to adults with disabilities in Thurston County. We value a diverse workforce and have been in operation for over 30 years. Kokua provides extensive paid training for new employees. We have a 125 Plan and a 401K Plan. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
COVID-19 Agency Update:
Kokua is dedicated to providing excellent care during these times. Our incredible Direct Support Professionals are working hard to prevent illness and keep the individuals in our care safe.
All Kokua programs continue with some changes made to ensure safety in all aspects of care. Masks, social distancing and Zoom activities have temporarily replaced group activities (for now). A robust calendar of online and “one-on-one” activities ensures that the people we support are both safe and engaged.
Kokua practices preparation for times like these but supplies are limited and we encourage donations if you are able to provide any of the following:
- Masks (N95 only at this time)
- Nitrile Gloves
- Temporal/Forehead thermometers
The video below gives an excellent overview of the virus as well as speaking to the perspective of a DSP worker. A synopsis from the video’s description:
Summary: The current worldwide news about the emergence of the Coronavirus is on everyone’s list of concerns, questions and insecurities. We created this webinar specifically for Direct Support Professionals to provide them with guidelines for understanding the virus, protecting the individuals they support in the community and offering reliable resources for ongoing news and practices. Takeaways • What is the Coronavirus and what is the realistic level of its threat. How can we better understand the potential for its “spread.” • What can the DSP do to mitigate the risk of the virus. • How can the DSP minimize the confusion, fears and anxiety about the virus on behalf of the individuals they support. How to differentiate fact from mythology about the virus. How “misinformation” can be as bad as “no information.” • What are the current recommendations regarding recognizing the symptoms, medical treatment, prevention protocols and outcomes.