It’s been six months since my relocation from Western Massachusetts to Cape Cod and Latham Centers as the new Director of Adult Services. I have always been a “city guy”, but my heart has always been at The Cape. For many years, Cape Cod has been a place for me to “getaway." A place of peacefulness. A place to reflect. Now it is simply home. As the holidays approach, I have been reflecting on the changes that have both personally and professionally occurred in my life.
I spent my entire adult life in the Springfield area. I was actively involved in the community, politically, as well as in an advocacy role for small community based non-profits. Professionally I had been affiliated with residential providers in Western Massachusetts for close to twenty years. To me, the community I lived in was everything to me…. So, why leave it all you might ask.
The answer is quite simple. First, for me it was my love for the area. The ability to, within moments, go from the city environment of Hyannis, to the calm peacefulness of Sandy Neck Beach. To have the ability year round to take in the uniqueness of all that The Cape has to offer. The second is sense of community… Latham Centers is truly a community. This was evident to me from the first day I stepped foot onto the Latham Campus. From the initial orientation process, to spending time in the residential homes, in all aspects, Latham is unique, in part based on the extreme love and dedication of all of the employees for what they do. I have seen first-hand the passion that those at Latham have for each other, and those we serve. Every interaction I have observed is one of love, caring and compassion.
So as I reflect on my own transition from a community in which I was a part of for almost twenty years, to this new community that I have become a part of, I feel privileged to be here, as Latham exemplifies everything a community should be.
Director of Adult Services
"The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don't know what you're doing,