RIDGELY — More than 100 people participated in the Run, Ramble + Roll 5K Saturday, Sept. 14, in support of the Caroline Center, a nonprofit organization that supports people with developmental disabilities.

The Caroline Center hosted the fundraiser at Martin Sutton Park in Ridgely. The 5K went along the country roads and through downtown Ridgely.

“It is a huge to have the community’s support,” Caroline Center CEO Kelly Callahan said. “We owe a big thank you to all of our supporters and staff for helping our run run for the last 44 years. We have a special group of staff, and they do great things for people who need the extra attention. It is a proud day to be out here. We are very thankful for everyone who supports us.”

Based in Ridgely, the Caroline Center opened in 1975 and supports adults who live in their own homes. It also helps adults maintain their homes, navigate their communities and access resources. CCI provides trained, respectful staff who encourage and support goal achievement by providing supports when, where and how they are needed.

The Caroline Center also provides day, respite, community learning and employment support. The day services accommodate the changing interests, abilities, needs and goals of each individual by routinely offering supports in different life areas. Short-term respite services supports individuals and their families with a break from their routines.

Community Learning Services present opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities by exploring their communities and gaining experience interacting with people without disabilities. Staff guides the process and serves as trainers and role models while engaging in activities.

The Caroline Center offers a variety of employment supports that range from discovery and exploration to development and supports. Staff with specialized training work with individuals to identify areas of interest and match those with abilities to assist people in voluntary and paid employment.

“Caroline Center is a program that meets the needs of our disabled community members who have special and unique needs,” said state Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore, who attended the 5K. “They have been one of our major providers. I’m excited to be here today to lead this activity for a great organization.”

The Caroline County employs about 170 people, with about 100 employees supporting the five Mid-Shore counties. The organization also serves Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

“We do good stuff got a lot of people,” Callahan said. “We chose this day for the 5K because it falls on the week of Director Support Professional Recognition Week. Our director care staff are amazing people. They are our unsung heroes out their working shifts in different shifts clock.

The Caroline Center is in Ridgely at 12061 School St. For more information, call 410-634-2102 or visit www.carolinecenterinc.org.

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