Community Services Update

Student with Graduation Certificate

Community Services Update

June 30, 2016

Melwood Art Show 

4 individuals standing at table with Art pieces

On July 22, participants in our day program had the opportunity to showcase their creative talents at Melwood’s Art Show.  Art can be an emotional and therapeutic experience that fosters a sense of self-accomplishment. It can also improve brain connectivity, self-esteem, encourage creative thinking and relieve stress. Each participant chose the form of art they would showcase, which included sketch artwork, photography, paintings, sculptures, poetry, dance performances, and much more.

The event was a great success. All attendees had a wonderful time observing the various forms of artwork on display.


Professional Development Training Graduation

Last month students from cycle two of Melwood’s Professional Development Training program celebrated their graduation. A total of three students received their Certificates of Completion following an intense 12-week training class where they learned the necessary tools to successfully enter the workforce. Their training included classes on proper interview etiquette, budgeting, resume writing, communication skills, and tax form completion.  In addition to the classroom training, cycle two students also participated in mock interviews, career fairs and job shadowing to sharpen their skills and determine their strengths and weaknesses. Thanks to the donations from Andrews Attic, a thrift shop on Andrews Air Force Base, our students were able to attend networking events dressed in the proper business attire.

We are very proud of our graduates and we wish them much success as they enter the workforce.

About Melwood

Melwood is one of the largest employers of people with disabilities in the country, employing more than 1,600 workers – nearly 1,000 of whom are people with disabilities. Melwood offers job placement, job training, life skills for independence, and support services to more than 2,500 people each year in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Melwood also has an inclusive summer camp program for children and provides employment and support services to veterans and active-duty military members who have experienced service-related trauma or injury. For more information, visit

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Jewelyn Cosgrove
Vice President of Government and Public Relations
O: 240-846-3952
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