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Hattie Larlham Update

Hattie Larlham engages in reorganization

In November 2016, Hattie Larlham embarked on this reorganization with an in-depth review of its programs and operations. After a comprehensive review of its options, Hattie Larlham has made the difficult decision to scale back and close select sites for its work training program and to also explore the feasibility of an acquisition by another organization. Hattie Larlham CEO Wendy Pardee will also be leaving the organization. Following her departure on July 31, an interim CEO will be appointed while the board seeks a longer term solution.

“Wendy Pardee’s strong financial background has been critical to charting Hattie Larlham’s path forward,” said Mike Weinhardt, Hattie Larlham Board President. “We thank her for all she has contributed to Hattie Larlham and respect her decision.”

Over the last decade, the 56 year-old organization that serves people with disabilities launched innovative programs that served people with a wide range of needs and responded proactively to new state requirements that targeted large Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs) like the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities in Mantua, Ohio. At the same time, disabilities funding remained stagnant and many of Hattie Larlham’s new programs failed to generate sustainable revenue. As a result, Hattie Larlham faces an increasingly challenging financial landscape.

Talks with potential partners for acquisition are ongoing and are expected to take 12 to 18 months.

“The option to be acquired by an organization who shares our commitment to provide high-quality programs and services will create the best outcome possible for the people we serve,” said Weinhardt.

On the work training front, Hattie Larlham will seek a partner to assume the operation of Hattie’s Food Hub in Akron, Ohio. Hattie Larlham will cease its operation of Hattie’s Food Hub on August 31, 2017. In addition, Hattie’s Café at Canal Place in Akron, Ohio will close on July 31, 2017 upon expiration of its lease.

Hattie Larlham will continue to operate Hattie’s Doggie Daycare & Boarding, its community employment program, the Constant Companions day program, its community homes and homecare programs, and the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities. Its programs in Central Ohio including Community Connections, ADDVentures, the Dahlberg Gibson Learning Center, Franklin County Recreation and residential services will also continue.

Weinhardt said, “Our tradition of integrity and compassion will guide the way in which we will go forward to ensure that the most vulnerable people in our care continue to receive high quality care and services.”

If you would like more information about Hattie Larlham’s reorganization, please contact our Corporate Communications department. You may also review our FAQs to see if we have already answered your question.