More Space For Adults with Developmental Disabilities, Larger Metro North Service Area
MEDFORD, MA (May 19, 2017)– Walnut Street Center, the human service organization providing life-changing services to adults with developmental disabilities including dementia and Alzheimer’s, is opening the doors of their brand new location this month after almost a year of construction. Walnut Street Center, which had been located in Somerville for many years, will now be in Medford, at 291 Mystic Avenue. The custom-designed building includes more space and specialty rooms that allow the agency to provide additional services. The new location puts it in a larger service area, opening up opportunities to more individuals. The expected opening date is June 5.
“We’re thrilled to be opening the new building up to our clients after all the work that has gone into creating this space that we are so proud of,” Executive Director Carolyne Guffey said. “I can’t wait to see the look on everyone’s faces when they see it for the first time.”
The current location of Walnut Street Center was seized by eminent domain by the MBTA for the green line extension project. Walnut Street Center had to vacate the existing building this year, and was fortunate to find real estate available in Medford, which not only included more interior space, but the potential to design the entire space to the organization’s needs. The interior was designed in collaboration with Group 7 Design, along with feedback about what kind of spaces and capabilities the individuals who currently utilize the services felt was important.
This 43,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility houses a horticultural room, art room, gymnasium, computer lab, training kitchen, sensory room, and a music and movement room. There will also be 17 bathrooms, ceiling Hoer lifts in medical areas, a fully accessible training kitchen, ample parking, and secure pick up and drop off areas, making the new building much more aligned with the needs of those served.
New services at Walnut Street Center include acquired brain injury and autism spectrum programs and integrated adult day health. Expanded Day Habilitation offerings will focus on supporting intense behavioral interventions and Dementia and Alzheimer’s needs. The new location also opens up Walnut Street Center to serve a wider geographic area including Medford, Everett, Malden, Waltham, Belmont, Watertown, Lynnfield, Melrose, Reading, North Reading, Saugus, Stoneham, Wakefield. It will continue to serve the existing areas of Somerville, Cambridge and Arlington. All of the residential houses operated by Walnut Street Center will still be in use as they have been.
The new location in Medford is only 2.5 miles from the previous location, and Walnut Street Center plans to stay very well connected to the Somerville neighborhood and continue to be a supportive member of the community. This summer Walnut Street Center will be a beneficiary of the Taste of Somerville, and they look forward to teaming up with other businesses involved to create a fantastic event.
Walnut Street Center has gone through other changes this year as well, with the new appointment of Guffey to Executive Director after Joe Churchill retired from the position at the end of 2016.
ABOUT WALNUT STREET CENTER
Walnut Street Center Inc. is a non-profit agency that provides a wide array of services to individuals with intellectual 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 over 100 individuals. Services 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, Medford and surrounding communities to provide quality services.