As we look forward to a new year, I'd simply like to express gratitude for our residents, staff members, supporters and local community. Thank you to all for helping us get through a difficult and unexpected few years and for standing alongside us as we transition back to "pre-pandemic" life.

We have a LOT to look forward to in this new year and are so grateful to everyone for their patience, kindness and for going above and beyond to make lives more meaningful, no matter the circumstances. We are confident that 2023 will be a year to celebrate and thrive.

Thanks to everyone for all that we accomplished last year and here's to a magical 2023!

Carolyne Guffey, Executive Director

The Celtics Fundraiser is Back!
Mark your calendars and join us for our first Celtics Fundraiser since the pandemic! Thank you to all of our generous sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please reach out to Carolyne Guffey,
WSC to Open a New Home!
We have purchased a lot of land in Waltham and are in the process of designing a 5 bed fully accessible home.
New Community Based Day Program
We are in the process of renovating a building in Hyde Park and expect to open a new Community Based Day Program there for 30-50 adults.  We are currently waiting for permits and hope to have the program open in May of 2023.
Saturday Respite Program
Metro North is partnering with Walnut Street Center to provide a respite program for Individuals funded through the Metro North Area Office and who live at home.

This program is designed to give short-term respite to family members by providing engaging onsite and community-based activities for participants. This will run every other Saturday for 26 weeks total, from 9am-3pm at 291 Mystic Ave. in Medford, MA. 

To sign up or learn more, call (617) 629-3440 and indicate that you are interested in the Saturday Respite Program. During this call or zoom meeting a WSC representative will discuss your loved ones support needs and determine if this program is a good fit.
Welcome Our 2020 New Hires! 
Please welcome the following new faces to our talented team:
  • Gloria Sanchez, House Manager
  • Ian Margeson, Direct Support Professional
  • Itohan Edosomwan, House Manager
  • Joseph Nkurunziza, Direct Support Professional
  • Karen Ruggera-Norris, RN Day
  • Manouchka Laguerre, Direct Support Professional
  • Michael McCauley, Facilities Tech
  • Mickayla McMillan, LPN Day
  • Nancy Inkiala, Direct Support Professional
  • Prudence Nabagesera, Direct Support Professional
  • Richard Lawrence, Assistant Director of Residential Services
  • Samantha Napolitano, House Manager
  • Samuel Nganga, Direct Support Professional

In Appreciation
We recognize and celebrate those employees who hit a seniority milestone in the last quarter. Their care, compassion, and dedication to the center are most appreciated. Congratulations on this anniversary and to many more!

1 Year

  • Patricia Antoine, DSP
  • Irene Mariwa, Program Manager

5 Years

  • Isak Spahiu, DSP

10 Years 

  • Madgaline Maina, DSP
Happy Birthday!
WSC wishes happy spring and summer birthdays!


  • Alex Niwagaba
  • Anthony Fiore
  • Daniel Senoga
  • Diahara Sidibe
  • Eric Zagranis
  • Josie Brewington
  • Kepha Poisson
  • Lori Peterson
  • Niquaise Noubou Epse Ndiyan
  • Stephen Kazibwe
  • Valery Alcius


  • Bernonde Borgella Oscar
  • Calvin Jones
  • Carla Boyd-Hill
  • Ingrid Worrell
  • John Twinomujuni
  • Kim Glavin
  • Leonard Kanja
  • Magdaline Maina
  • Mona Jeudi
  • Ruta Sebhatu
  • Sara O'Brien
  • Steve Iskovitz


  • Bernard Amankwaah
  • Clovis Egbe
  • Guirlaine Laguerre
  • Henry Ndawula
  • Joseph Chevry
  • Josiane Lwango
  • Louis Waweru
  • Mirline Delva
  • Moustapha Simbrissi
  • Phyllis Pond
  • Samson Birungi
  • Simon Kabonge
  • Tenzing Lama
  • Wallas Manigat
Clinical Corner:

Our kitchen area is a great place for our residents to learn home skills, like making simple meals and utilizing appliances with plenty of seating to enjoy their home-cooked dishes.

Our gym is set up with a variety of equipment and machinery to encourage movement of all types. For more specific exercises, we have a room for physical therapy as well.
Recent Events:
Talent Show
We enjoyed seeing and hearing the many residents perform!
Halloween Decorate Your Door Content
Our annual Residential Halloween Decorate Your Door Contest was a success! See a few of our favorites below.
Happy Holidays from Walnut Street Center!
We hope everyone had safe and happy holidays with family and friends and look forward to 2023!
Walnut Winners

Every quarter, our staff ranks their favorites from a list of themes. This quarter, they picked their five favorite local restaurants!

1. Sunrise Cuisine
Caribbean-Haitian restaurant
285 Middlesex Ave. Medford

2. Semolina Kitchen & Bar
Mediterranean restaurant
275 Boston Ave. Medford

3. Fuji at Assembly
Asian restaurant
320 Canal St. Somerville

4. Oasis Brazilian Steakhouse
Brazilian restaurant
373 Main St. Medford

5. Tenoch Mexican
Mexican restaurant
24 Riverside Ave. Medford
Charitable Giving

Your Help
Your much-appreciated donations support our efforts to advance the Walnut Street Center's mission of making life more meaningful for adults with Intellectual Disabilities. We are grateful for any and all support.

You know you can also support Walnut Street Center with a Facebook Fundraiser!

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