Community Services Update
February 28, 2017
The month of February is a special time for Melwood.
In observance of Black History month, Melwood participants celebrated the life and accomplishments of many literary greats. Each program location crafted enriching activities in honor of one iconic pioneer. At Melwood’s Dower House Campus, participants celebrated Maya Angelou. They performed a special reading of Phenomenal Woman, a popular poem released by Angelou in 1978, and performed an extraordinary ritualistic dance.
In addition to recognizing Black History month, each program location hosted a special celebration in honor of love and friendship on Valentine’s Day. The event featured raffled candy gift baskets, candy grams, music, and a delectable cake – provided by their Direct Support Professionals.
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 www.Melwood.org.
Vice President of Government and Public Relations