Queenstown Bank commits $5,000 to Chesterwye
QUEENSTOWN — Created in 1982, The Chesterwye Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Chesterwye Center and The Chesterwye Adult Day Medical Care Program. Queenstown Bank of Maryland has been a contributor for over 34 years and has supported the efforts of the Chesterwye Center in Grasonville.
Chesterwye was founded in 1967 by a group of concerned citizens interested in aiding and providing services to children with intellectual disabilities. Later, as the children grew older and as services were needed in the county, the focus of support was directed toward adults with intellectual disabilities. Currently, Chesterwye provides a variety of services for more than 70 adults with intellectual disabilities and employs more than 100 staff.
The ages of their individuals receiving services range from 21 to 73. All clients living in Queen Anne’s County are transported to and from their day center by Chesterwye owned handicapped vans and vehicles.
The management staff of Chesterwye averages 15 years of experience in the intellectual disabilities field. The medical needs of their individuals are provided by a full-time nursing staff.
Chesterwye recognizes each individual is different in their level of ability in the workplace and with proper supervision, counseling and “real life” experience, adults with intellectual disabilities can contribute significantly in the working community. Chesterwye provides many opportunities in its vocational program for their individuals to gain confidence, selfesteem and independence while also earning a paycheck. Whether its full time, part time, in their day center or at a local business, they believe in the value of productive work. After job training and an evaluation procedure, their individuals have the opportunity to choose where to work. They currently provide cleaning services to over 20 locations in Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. Chesvend, a vending machine company owned and operated by the individuals of Chesterwye, services over 60 soda and snack machines in three different counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Other job locations include Safeway, real estate companies, Acme Supermarkets, Queen Anne’s County School System, senior citizen homes, day nurseries, greenhouses and hotels.
From left: Queenstown Bank of Maryland’s Chairman of the Board Patrick Thompson; Queenstown Bank of Maryland President J. Thomas Rhodes, Jr.; Chesterwye Foundation Board Member Butch Britt; and Chesterwye Foundation Chairman of the Board Wheeler Baker.