Office Closure Announcement: Juneteenth (Wednesday, June 19, 2024)

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Office Closure Announcement: Juneteenth (Wednesday, June 19, 2024)

June 14, 2024

Dear Melwood family,

It took 2.5 years for the news of the Emancipation Proclamation to reach Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. And another 150 years for Juneteenth to be recognized as an official American holiday. The struggle for justice and inclusion is far from finished. At Melwood, we understand that every step we take toward full inclusion of all our citizens represents an advance in that significant journey.

In honor of Juneteenth, Melwood’s campuses in Prince George’s County, Charles County, and Arlington County willcloseat 3:00 PM Tuesday, June 18; will be closed on Wednesday, June 19;  and reopen on Thursday, June 20.

All Contract Employees and Day Program Staff should contact their site supervisors to verify departure times. We want to ensure that Melwood fulfills its obligations to the sites we support.

As we reflect on the struggles of the past and those that continue today, it is important to remember that change is possible. Thank you for being part of the change.

Have a safe and healthy holiday.

Larysa Kautz
President and CEO

SUPERVISORS: Please share this message with your staff who do not have access to e-mail.

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

Media Inquiries

Jewelyn Cosgrove
Vice President of Government and Public Relations
O: 240-846-3952
[email protected]


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