On March 13, Hattie Larlham opened a new Constant Companions program for adults with disabilities at 1672 Norton Road in Stow. Constant Companions is a day program for adults with disabilities. Participants engage in social, recreational and volunteer activities that focus on choice. The program creates opportunities for participants to build life skills and become valued members of their community.

The Stow location can serve up to 50 people a day and employs 12 people who include a site manager, a licensed practical nurse and 10 staff. Proximity to community resources and a demand for disability services in the area guided Hattie Larlham's decision to open a program in Stow.

"We encourage each of our participants to explore how they can become active members of their community," says Constant Companions Program Director Stacy Timm. "This location is just steps away from community resources including shops, restaurants, recreational facilities and other organizations where our participants can volunteer. We also have a bus so we can take trips beyond this area and show our participants other ways to get involved."

Constant Companions is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. With the addition of the Stow program, Hattie Larlham has eight Constant Companions, serving 233 people with disabilities. In April, Hattie Larlham opens its ninth location at 700 Beta Drive in Mayfield Village.

Tours are available at the Constant Companions . Contact Program Director Stacy Timm at 330-760-2744 if interested in services for your loved one with disabilities. To see a list of locations, visit www.hattielarlham.org.

Established in 1961, Hattie Larlham is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Twinsburg, Ohio. The organization provides residential, medical, recreational and work training services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Statewide, 1,800 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive services from Hattie Larlham. For more information, visit www.hattielarlham.org.