Hattie Larlham is a nonprofit organization that provides medical, residential, recreational and vocational services to 1,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities. The organization provides services to 130 children and young adults at the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities in Mantua, Ohio, and to adults at community-based homes throughout Ohio.
Hattie Larlham operates coffee shops called Hattie's Café & Gifts that provide employment to people with developmental disabilities. To the employees, their work is more than a job. It is an opportunity for them to empower their lives. Their employment gives them a sense of purpose and helps them build self-esteem. Hattie's Café & Gifts' baskets, baked goods and coffees are available for sale online.
The Bakery at Hattie's Café & Gifts produces the bakery items sold at Northeast Ohio Hattie's Café & Gifts locations. The bakery features a storefront that sells grab-and-go lunches, baked goods and gifts.
Hattie's Doggie Day Care & Boarding is a cage-free dog day care and overnight boarding program that employs people with developmental disabilities. The employees gain self confidence and improve their social and communication skills through their jobs duties. Hattie's Doggie Day Care & Boarding provides individualized attention to each dog. Hattie's Doggie Day Care & Boarding locations are a home away from home for dogs. Each location offers full-service, professional dog grooming, and a retail area.
Hattie Larlham Creative Arts works with professional artists, called trackers, and artists with developmental disabilities at Hattie Larlham to create compelling works of art. Trackers use a dialogue of yes or no questions to uncover each artist’s choice and remain neutral to ensure that only the artist's vision is expressed. The program gives participants the opportunity to work in a number of artistic disciplines including painting, photography, sculpting, music, poetry and more. Much of the artwork made by artists with developmental disabilities is available for sale, with the proceeds benefitting the artist.
Hattie’s Gardens is a Hattie Larlham vocational program that teaches adults with developmental disabilities to grow chemical-free, sustainable produce. Working with Hattie Larlham job coaches, employees learn to garden, safely use tools, water plants and cultivate seedlings. The program also focuses on the benefits of a healthy diet.
Hattie's Preschool is a fun and social environment for children with and without disabilities from the community to play and grow.
Hattie's Vending employs people with developmental disabilities. The vending company employees load carts, fill vending machines, check expiration dates and ensure the machines are properly functioning. The company services nearly 100 vending machines in Akron, Ohio. The vending machines are leased in collaboration with AVI Foodsystems, Inc.
Constant Companions focuses on the mutually beneficial interaction between people with developmental disabilities and domestic animals such as cats, rabbits, birds and fish. These animals encourage participants to nurture and learn about the animals in their care.
Hattie Larlham employment planning services and organizational employment services programs are CARF accredited.