Latham Centers, Inc., the area’s largest non-profit human services employer serving children and adults with disabilities, announces the opening of a group residence in Harwich and the transition of its former Harwich residential program to a new home in Sandwich. Latham Centers is the only specialized program on the east coast providing residential treatment for both children and adults with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS)—a rare, life-threatening genetic disorder with no known cure. Two ribbon cutting ceremonies celebrated the Adult Services Program milestones, and at each event, Latham Centers administrators welcomed residents to their new homes and thanked staff for ensuring smooth transitions.
At the June 12th ceremony for Latham’s new “Freds” home in Harwich, Assistant Director of Adult Services Ben Mundy said, “Today, we honor everyone who has helped our individuals achieve their goals for safety, independence, growth, and community inclusion… And we celebrate the opening of Freds.”
The ribbon-cutting highlighted the teamwork and positive outcomes of the two consecutive group home openings in Adult Services. First, the residents at Freds moved into their new Sandwich home, then Latham School’s new graduates transitioned to the Freds home, close to their Latham campus community in Brewster. Residential Manager Kayla Cox said she is grateful to her colleagues who supported Latham’s recent graduates in their transition from a campus dormitory to Freds. “The interdepartmental coordination for the two-stage move and home opening was remarkable, and Latham’s Facilities Department went above and beyond, working incredibly hard to get everything done fast for the program,” Cox said. “Many Latham employees worked together to ensure a very positive outcome for our residents and their families.” The Freds residents love walking in the community, Cox noted, and they have started a backyard garden. “Our individuals are happy, excited, and thriving. One mom said she is so happy that her son has a ‘forever home’, and one resident said he is glad to have new housemates who have been Latham friends since he was young.”
The ceremony for Latham’s new “Timber” home in Sandwich was held on Thursday, June 7th. Latham President Anne McManus said, “This is a great day for us at Latham Centers – we’re opening this fabulous new house.” Residential Manager Cathy Ebel said the Timber residents are happy in their new Latham home and community. “We’re in a quiet neighborhood—perfect for walking—and the residents are enjoying their large, private backyard.”
Latham Centers’ recent home openings reflect the organization’s commitment to helping its students transition to adulthood and to adapting its programs and services to meet the needs of the individuals it serves. Latham’s mission is to compassionately and creatively help children and adults with complex special needs, including Prader-Willi syndrome, to lead meaningful, abundant lives. The Adult Services Program at Latham includes 12 group residences and several supported community living options throughout Cape Cod and in Wareham and Plymouth. Latham Centers has current job openings for residential counselors at both new adult residences. For career information, visit LathamCenters.org.
Sandwich Ribbon-Cutting: Latham Centers Adult Services Residential Manager Cathy Ebel cuts the ceremonial ribbon at the Sandwich residence as President Anne McManus holds one end with resident Daisy, along with (from left) Latham’s Ben Mundy, Greg Powers, Chrissy MacDonald, Jan Holt, Michelle, Theresa, and Director of Adult Services Gina Sheehan.
Harwich Ribbon-Cutting: Residential Manager Kayla Cox cuts the ceremonial ribbon at the Harwich residence as Assistant Director of Adult Services Ben Mundy welcomes recent Latham School graduates to their new home.