Thanksgiving Message from the CEO

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Thanksgiving Message from the CEO

November 22, 2022

This week’s Thanksgiving holiday is a time to reflect on our many blessings and to be thankful for the opportunities we have received, while being mindful of those less fortunate and struggling in our country and our world.

This year, in addition to family and friends, I’m grateful for the privilege of serving as your President & CEO. It’s an honor work with our team of talented and hardworking employees, dedicated and supportive Directors, and committed volunteers.  Our work helps to enrich lives every day and I thank you for your service.

On Wednesday, November 23rd, Melwood’s campuses in Prince George’s County, Charles County, and Arlington County will close at 3:00 PM and remained closed on Thanksgiving. We will re-open on Friday, November 25th with the exception of the Community Services Division (CSD).  CSD will be closed on Friday.

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.

Have a safe and healthy holiday!

Warmest regards,
Larysa Kautz
President & CEO

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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