Since 1953, the James L. Maher Center has provided support and services to developmentally disabled children and adults to ensure they can lead healthy, enriching, and fulfilling lives. It has been an enduring institutions for many families in Rhode Island's East Bay. Now, in connection with its deep East Bay roots, the Maher Center is submitting a team to race in the iconic Pell Bridge Run.
Maher Center aims to empower its participants through a varied portfolio of opportunities that are tailored to their unique needs and abilities. This includes: two day programs, community employment with local and federal partners, integrated employment at in-house businesses, job coaching, organized recreation, a professionally staffed residential network, transportation services, early intervention, and more.
Historically, the State of Rhode Island has covered the cost of these essential services, but the budget troubles of the last five years have increasingly shifted the financial burden onto private agencies like the Maher Center and the families of the population they serve. Today, Maher Center is recruiting the support of various foundations, businesses, and individuals to help counteract these losses and keep the organization moving onward and upward.
Living with a disability is a challenge in a league of its own, but your support can help the Maher Center further empower its participants and make their lives a little bit easier and a lot brighter.