Latham Centers Celebrates 50 Years of Service

Non-profit has served special needs community since 1970
Latham Centers was founded in 1970 at the former site of Sea Captain Elisha Bangs’ home, known for decades until the 1960s as “Latham’s Inn and Restaurant” on Main Street in Brewster. (Courtesy photo)

Brewster, MA - Latham Centers, Inc., a leader in special education and residential programs for children and adults with disabilities, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020. 

Founded in 1970 in Brewster, Latham Centers creates brighter futures for children and adults with complex special needs, including Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). Latham is internationally renowned for its expertise and success in working with individuals with PWS, a rare genetic disorder with no known cure. The non-profit organization employs more than 260 professionals throughout Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts, and its programs include a therapeutic school for students ages 8 to 22 and a community-based program for adults including group residences and supported community living opportunities from Harwich to Plymouth.

Latham School students assisted in the production of a new video highlighting the work being done in Latham’s Children’s Program, five decades after the school opened in Brewster. The 6-minute video entitled “A Day in the Life” is available at  

Latham Centers will honor the agency’s 50 years of service at events throughout the year, including a fundraiser to help support its Asinotherapy (miniature donkey therapy) Program in April; the annual Latham Charity Golf Classic in October; and a Prader-Willi Syndrome Conference in conjunction with Latham’s 50th Anniversary Gala in December.    

Latham Centers’ mission is to create opportunities for independence, self-worth, and happiness for children and adults with complex special needs. Latham is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation. For more information, visit welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on