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Reorganization FAQs

Hattie Larlham Reorganization FAQs

What’s happening at Hattie Larlham?

  • Our focus on Hattie Larlham’s mission led to the creation and expansion of community-based programming to serve the needs of our community-based clients, but financial projections for those programs did not come through as planned.
  • We have tried to stem our financial losses by closing facilities and programs and reducing staff. While we are meeting our goal of adhering to this year’s cash neutral budget, our financial outlook does not allow us to meet the projected financial challenges in 2018 and beyond.
  • We will cease operations at the Food Hub Aug. 31. We are talking with potential partners to assume operations. The Canal Place Café will close July 31 when the lease expires.
  • We have begun to explore the feasibility of an acquisition by another organization. We are currently in active talks with potential partners, each of whom has been carefully chosen because of their commitment to continuing our high quality programs and services. We believe this option will create the best outcome possible for the individuals we serve.
  • On June 1, Wendy Pardee submitted her resignation as CEO to the board. Following her departure on July 31 our board will appoint an interim CEO while seeking a longer term solution.

Why are you making these changes?
We are anticipating several financial challenges in 2018 and beyond. Those challenges include ensuring our employees are competitively compensated, addressing rising health care costs, and planning for required capital renovations to the Center. We don’t have the reserves to meet those challenges that are coming down the pike and after an exhaustive review of our options, we began exploring the feasibility of an acquisition.

Does this mean Hattie Larlham is closing its doors?
No. Our foremost priority is to continue to provide high quality services for the most medically fragile and vulnerable people in our care. We fully appreciate the need for a range of services and have been proud to deliver highly innovative community-based programs. However, we recognize that an array of providers exist to step in and deliver those programs. This option is less assured for the people who reside at our Center. We believe that an acquisition by another company who shares our commitment to serving people with disabilities is Hattie Larlham’s best chance to continue to deliver the high quality programs and services that we are known for.

What organizations might acquire Hattie Larlham?
We are in active talks with other providers of services in the region but due to confidentiality agreements, we can’t share specific information on who they are. We have looked carefully at organizations who have the financial capacity to take us on and whose missions align with ours.

What happens if Hattie Larlham is acquired? Will it still be called Hattie Larlham?
At this point, we don’t know that answer to that question. But here’s something to think about. Ultimately, name, location and leadership positions are not what define Hattie Larlham. Our long standing tradition of integrity, care and compassion are the defining qualities of the work we do. Those are the things that will guide the way in which we go forward.

What will happen to the people who were receiving services in your vocational programs?
We know that this will be a challenging transition for the individuals we serve, their families, our staff, our providers, our donors and volunteers. We are committed to working very closely with each one of our participants, families and our staff to help ensure a smooth transition into one of our remaining programs or services from another provider.

Who will replace your CEO?
Following her departure, our board will appoint an interim CEO while seeking a longer term solution. We will share more details as they become available.

What will happen to the people who work at Hattie Larlham?
For the next 12-18 months, things will remain more or less the same. Finding a partner who shares our commitment and working through the due diligence process can take many months so it’s important to understand that very little will change on a day-to-day basis for our employees during this next year.

What can I do to help?
Thank you for asking! Our donors and volunteers have been the lifeblood of Hattie Larlham. We want you to know how much you are appreciated – and still needed because the needs of the people we serve are not going away. We have done a lot of important work together. And a lot of important work remains to be done.

Why is Hattie Larlham making this public?
Because it’s the right thing to do. We have many hundreds of people who care deeply about our organization and the people we serve and we owe it to those people to be transparent about the changes that are taking place, rather than have unsubstantiated rumors flying around. During this process, we are committed to communicating regularly and openly with everyone in the Hattie Larlham family through letters, emails, and updates on our website (www.hattielarlham.org) to ensure a smooth transition and to preserve that trust. The needs of the people we serve are not going away and your continued belief in our mission and our ability to provide high quality care for our most vulnerable and medically fragile individuals is still needed.

I have a question that’s not addressed here. Who can I talk to?
Please reach out to our corporate communications department and our staff will direct your question to the appropriate person.