Finding a Dream Job in the Community – A Real Possibility For Latham Centers Adult Residents with Special Needs
Gina* works at the greenhouse
Gina* is a young woman with many talents and interests who successfully works year-round in both paid and volunteer jobs.
Gina at Agway prepares to bring plants into the greenhouse.
In the summer, Gina enjoys working for Agway of Cape Cod, in Dennis, where she tends to plants in the greenhouse and helps customers. After the high-season ends, Gina volunteers at Wingate Retirement Center in Brewster, and at Maplewood Senior Living in Brewster.
In addition to all this, Gina has her own business -- creating and selling jewelry at local craft shows, such as the Yarmouth Seaside Festival.
Gina, age 28, has been in Latham Centers’ Adult Residential Program for six years, and before that she was in Latham’s Children’s Program for 15 years.
Gina* Participates in Knit-a-Thon to Benefit Homeless on Cape Cod
Gina knitted a beautiful strip that will become part of a blanket – one of many being created during the Cape Cod Knit-a-Thon. Gina knitted this as a member of the “Maplewood Cast-Aways,” a knitting group at Maplewood Senior Living, in Brewster, where Gina volunteers. “A Great Yarn,” a shop in Chatham, is receiving the strips from individuals and groups all over Cape Cod, and assembling the strips into blankets for struggling families and homeless people. The blankets will be distributed by the Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod.
Kevin L. works at the YMCA
Resident Kevin L. and his Job Coach George M. were honored for their meaningful contributions to the Cape Cod Community, at an awards breakfast of the Cape Cod and Islands Citizen Advisory Board for the Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
Kevin proudly shows his mother his award.
YMCA Cape Cod Property & Facilities Director Jim Foster says, “Kevin is one of my team members. I would not trade him for anything."
For more information on Latham Centers Vocational Placements for Special Needs Adults, contact: Maura Smith, Director of Vocational Services: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Name has been changed to protect privacy.