SOMERVILLE, MA (January 5, 2017) — Walnut Street Center, a non-profit human service agency that serves adults with intellectual disabilities, announced this week that Executive Director Joseph Churchill has retired as of the end of 2016. Taking his place is current Chief Operating Officer Carolyne Guffey. Churchill, who has been in the position since 2011, will continue working with the team for a time on a consultant basis, to assist with the transition. After that he plans to join the Board of Directors where he will continue his relationship with Walnut Street Center.
Carolyne Guffey, the new Executive Director, has been with Walnut Street Center since 2011, and has over 30 years of experience in the field. She is more than ready to take on her new role, and says “I’ve been with Walnut Street Center for the past six years, and throughout that time we have been strengthening every aspect of the organization, making sure that we are offering the absolute highest standard of service. I’m excited to take this even further in 2017, and to lead the organization even higher.”
This change in leadership comes at the same time that Walnut Street Center will be transitioning into a brand new facility located 291 Mystic Avenue in Medford, MA. The existing Somerville location was seized by eminent domain by the MBTA and will no longer be a part of Walnut Street Center. The 20 existing residential homes around Somerville and surrounding areas that house residential programs will all remain. 
Walnut Street Center Inc. is a non-profit agency that provides a wide array of services to individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The center was started in the late 1960’s by a community of parents seeking services for their children. The services now offered include twenty-four hour residential supports, individual home supports, supported employment, group employment, community based day supports and day habilitation. Residentially, the agency serves 115 individuals, with additional individuals supported through its Employment and Community Based Day Supports and Day Habilitation. The services provided to individuals are mainly funded through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) from the Charles River West, Central Middlesex and Metro North Areas. The Day Habilitation program is funded by MA Health. The agency is proud to partner with Somerville and surrounding communities to provide quality services for individuals who live in the services area of Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Waltham, Belmont, Watertown, Everett, Malden, Lynnfield, Medford, Melrose, Reading, North Reading, Saugus, Stoneham, Wakefield.

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