Queen­stown Bank commits $5,000 to Ch­ester­wye

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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.

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