Friday, August 21, 2009

Latham Honors Eunice Kennedy Shriver


On Wednesday, August 12th, several of the individuals from the Latham Centers adult services were invited to participate in a procession in Hyannis to honor Eunice Kennedy Shriver, one of the founders of the Special Olympics who recently passed away. The individuals involved were all Special Olympics athletes, and walked together with other teams from around the state, proudly donning their team t-shirts and medals that they have won. All involved in the tribute were glad to have the opportunity to express both their gratitude for all that she has done for people with developmental disabilities, and their condolences to her family.


"Unselfish and noble actions 
are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls."
~David Thomas



Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Adult Services Fishing Trip A Success!


On July 22nd, many of the individuals from adult services participated in a day long fishing tournament out of Rock Harbor in Orleans. They left the harbor around 10am on deep sea fishing boats. The captains and crews of the boats donated their time and supplies and assisted the individuals to bait hooks and reel in their catch. All of the participants came home with plenty of bluefish and striped bass to enjoy, and memories of a fantastic day! After the tournament, prizes were awarded at a BBQ served by generous volunteers. A great time was had by all!



"Good things come to those who bait." ~Author Unknown



Wednesday, August 12, 2009

LATHAM PROFILES: Jonathan Smith

Director of Children's Services
Latham Centers






"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others
cannot keep it from themselves."
~James Matthew Barrie



Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Message From Human Resources

Finding qualified and committed staff to work at Latham Centers is a time consuming business. Ideally, we look for people with experience in residential programs and behavior management, although these skills can be hard to find. So, next on the list is someone with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology or human services and some experience working with people with disabilities.

Equally important are the personality traits of the candidate. We look for people who are passionate about helping people with special needs. Our ideal candidates should also be friendly, compassionate, open, flexible, have a sense of humor and a calm demeanor—someone who will stay calm in a crisis situation. They should be able to admit to their mistakes (we all make them!), accept feedback and grow from those experiences. We are looking for enthusiasm as well as common sense. Someone who can follow the rules and provide a consistent message. The desire to grow and learn is also important. We hope folks stay long term and get the career fulfillment they are looking for while providing the support they love to give.



"The vision must be followed by the venture.

It is not enough to stare up the steps - 
we must step up the stairs."
~Vance Havner