This weekend on “Sunday Journal”: Anne McManus shares impact of Latham’s 50 years
A radio segment featuring Latham Centers will air this weekend on Cape Cod Broadcasting Media’s “Sunday Journal.” Host Justin Saunders interviewed Anne McManus, President & CEO, in CapeCod.com’s Hyannis newsroom earlier this week for the public affairs radio program. Sunday Journal has informed Cape Codders on area issues and topics for over 40 years.
In recognition of Latham’s 50th anniversary in 2020, the CCB Media news team invited Anne to share highlights of our five decades of service. “It’s exciting to talk about the 50th anniversary of Latham Centers and to share it with our listeners,” Justin said. “This year’s celebration is a great local story, and we appreciate the opportunity to sit with Anne and discuss the legacy of such a great organization.”
In the show recorded for this Sunday morning, January 26th, Anne talks about Latham’s beginnings in Brewster in 1970 as a residential school for girls with developmental disabilities. She shares how the agency has evolved to serving both children and adults in residential settings throughout Cape Cod, and how Latham developed expertise and an international reputation for successfully treating children and adults with Prader-Willi syndrome – a rare genetic disorder with no known cure. Anne has led the organization for more than 20 years, and she reflected on the remarkable progress of the students who come to Latham; her high regard for our 260-plus staff members (“the backbone of this agency”); and her sincere appreciation for our community partners who support the work we do and help us achieve our mission.
Latham’s collaboration with area businesses has been a win-win, Anne said. “We have employers that are flexible and want to work with our folks. Our program participants have a role in the community, and the fact that the community embraces that and gives them opportunities – it warms my heart.” Latham Centers works very hard to make the students and residents the priority, she added. “We evolve our programs to meet their changing needs… When I see where the agency is today, it has been really wonderful to be a part of it and to see the growth of our students and residents – but also to see the growth of our staff. I think the future is extremely exciting.”
We’re so grateful to Cape Cod Broadcasting Media for highlighting Latham Centers and our mission-driven work with children and adults with complex special needs.