CEO Message: July 4th – Early Dismissal, Holiday and Remodeling Information

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CEO Message: July 4th – Early Dismissal, Holiday and Remodeling Information

June 29, 2023

As we prepare to celebrate July 4th, I find myself thinking of the meaning of freedom.  For our community, freedom means having the opportunity to live independently,

to experience the dignity and respect that comes with meaningful work, being actively involved in decision-making, and using one’s strengths to the fullest extent possible.

For 60 years, this has been the Melwood story.

In honor of July 4th, Melwood’s campuses in Prince George’s County, Charles County, and Arlington County will close at 3:30 pm on Monday, July 3rd, remain closed on Tuesday, July 4th and reopen on Wednesday, July 5th.

Due to the remodeling project, Melwood campus at 5606 Dower House Road will be closed to visitors on Monday, July 3rd only. Day Programming and other Melwood offices will operate as usual.

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 I celebrate July 4th, I will also celebrate you! As of June 1st, you made it possible to serve 2,928 people in FY23!

Thank you for continuously moving our mission forward to enhance the lives of the people we serve. 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

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