Programs and Services

The Chesterwye Center offers a person-centered approach to supporting adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. We encourage and support their choices: where and with whom they live, achieving their social and family connections, assistance in meeting vocational and employment desires; and where needed, attaining optimal health and medical support. We are a licensed provider of the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality and funded through the Maryland Department of Health Department of Developmental Disabilities Administration.

The Chesterwye Center welcomes inquiries from youth (ages 14 to 22) transitioning from the high school system. We help families sort through the wide variety of options available for those who are eligible for Maryland’s Transitioning Youth Initiative through the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) or both.

Chesterwye’s residential program combines quality housing and supports for the benefit of adults with developmental disabilities. Chesterwye provides and supervises appropriate individual supports to ensure that people are safe and happy in their homes. Families and friends are encouraged to continue enriching the lives of each person.

Personal Supports:
Chesterwye provides support services to meet the diverse needs of individuals living with their families, living alone or with housemates. Our goal is to connect people to the communities and resources where they live. We assist with medical appointments, banking, meal planning, grocery shopping, meal preparation, budgeting and housekeeping, as well as recreational activities. The goal is to enable people to stay active in their communities.

Families may request a day or week’s ‘vacation’ where their family member stays at a home operated by professional Chesterwye staff. The respite stay can rejuvenate the caregiver while providing a rewarding experience for the family member as an overnight guest. Respite provides families with a break from their care giving duties, but may also be used for personal situations such as hospitalization, appointments, etc. We ask that you try to call a month in advance to schedule respite services.

Chesterwye offers a safe, healthy and social program with regular activities that are fun and mentally stimulating. The program design encourages discovery of personal talents and desires. There are day trips to local venues for shopping, sightseeing and entertainment, and people have access to exercise equipment and electronics such as computers and tablets. The Senior Supports program encourages people over age 55 with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate in leisure-based activities and stay socially engaged and mentally stimulated.

Chesterwye connects people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to employment opportunities where they can earn a paycheck and enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done. Hiring people with disabilities makes good business sense. It supports diversity initiatives and expands the customer base.

Employees with disabilities are dependable, hardworking and productive.  Business patrons tend to feel favorable when businesses employ people with disabilities. Employers can also capitalize on the value and talent people with disabilities offer in the workplace with both Federal and State financial incentives.

Chesterwye is eager to work with community members to identify full and part-time employment opportunities where the people we support may earn a paycheck and realize the satisfaction of a productive lifestyle. We equip the people at Chesterwye for long-term success--helping them acquire skills needed to perform specific tasks, develop work routine, and attain personal life activities critical to successful employment. We stay connected to ensure business satisfaction and their long-term in the workplace.

Chesterwye maintains a fleet of wheelchair accessible vehicles to ensure access to community resources for the people we support. Transportation opportunities include morning and afternoon transportation from home to the Chesterwye drop-in center, jobs, volunteer locations, appointments and other local venues.