I was happy to read the headline in the Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday that Ebola had been eradicated in Liberia. Many of our staff have a huge stake in that headline because family and friends back in West Africa are directly affected by the virus. I am pleased to say that, in support of our staff with West African roots, KenCrest raised awareness and sent healthcare supplies to fight Ebola.
It also reminded me that KenCrest began back in 1905 in a similar way. Tuberculosis was rampant then and, just like Ebola today, there was no cure. KenCrest stepped in (we were the Kensington Dispensary back then) to treat the sick and try to prevent people from acquiring TB. There was the risk of getting the disease and the social stigma of working with people with TB but the KenCrest staff back then held true to their mission of people who had, or who were at risk of getting, Tuberculosis.
Similarly, in 1955 when the cause and cure for TB was found, KenCrest stepped up to the plate to serve another underserved group of people…those who had, or were at risk of having, an intellectual disability. Since then we have been one of the leaders in the field in making sure that those with disabilities receive the rights and privileges that every other citizen enjoys.
This coming June 5th, KenCrest will celebrate this wonderful history of 110 years of service and you are a part of it! Enjoy!