Latham Honored at Recognition Breakfast

The 2011 Cape and Islands DDS Citizen Advisory Board Recognition Breakfast honored two of Latham’s own— adult resident Michelle Cote and adult case manager Jessica Grantham. The widely-attended annual breakfast held on March 18 recognized some 30 professionals, volunteers and DDS individuals at Our Lady of Victory Church Hall in Centerville. State Representatives Sarah Peake and Cleon Turner were on hand to share their pride and support of Michelle and Jessica who live in their respective districts.

Michelle was nominated by Habilitation Assistance Corporation (HAC) of Hyannis for her day program progress and related volunteerism at the Barnstable Senior Center where she has come to be the “go to girl.” The HAC program is designed to support folks like Michelle pursue new interests and achieve greater independence and opportunities in the community. Over the past year, Michelle has grown into a mature and responsible woman who understands what it means to put others first.  According to Habilitation Assistance staff, Michelle is always ready, willing and able to help anyone who needs it.
Her compassion and kindness is inspiring to all, including Kelly Peckham―a HAC staff member also honored at DDS’s breakfast.

Jessica, a native of Montréal, Canada, is a case manager in Latham’s Gilbough program where she assists individuals with money management and accompanies them in the community to conduct banking and other personal errands. “During her three years of employment at Latham, Jessica has developed tremendous rapport and trusting relationships with her individuals who look forward to meeting with her each week to discuss their goals,” offers Michael Marchese, Latham’s Director of Adult Services.  “She continually goes above and beyond her job description to deliver quality care to ensure that the individuals are the true focus of her attention.” Marchese adds that Jessica always has a positive outlook and finds time to assist other staff while also volunteering to accompany Latham individuals on special activities.

“Not what we give, But what we share, 
For the gift without the giver 
Is bare.”
~James Russell Lowell

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