Nov 2, 2018
The Samuel A. Tucker Memorial Can Do Award was created in 1994 by Rebecca Tucker, in memory of her husband Samuel, a man who once received services from Unified but never let his disability stand in the way of achieving his goals, including going to college, getting married, and becoming a practicing attorney. Nominees for this award are individuals who exemplify Sam’s drive and determination. It’s a way to celebrate and recognize their abilities, not their disabilities. This year Unified proudly presents the 2018 Samuel A. Tucker Memorial Can Do Award to two deserving individuals – newlyweds John Dunn and Lynette Earles.
John and Lynette have both been with Unified for over 20 years. They attend the Crossroads Day Program in Baltimore, which is where they met and their love story began. After 3 months of dating, John knew Lynette was “the one.” He went to Lynette’s IP meeting and asked her and her family for her hand in marriage. They all immediately said yes, and John and Lynette started planning their dream wedding. In February of 2018, the happy couple moved in together, into the same Unified residential home, and on July 8, they tied the knot with a beautiful ceremony before family and friends.
With a honeymoon on the horizon, John and Lynette are settling into married life. Their favorite thing to do is watch TV together while holding hands. John is so proud – he tells everyone he sees that he’s a newlywed and Lynette is his wife. They could not be happier together, and they want their love story to be a lesson to everyone to follow your heart and go after your dreams.
Many people might think that individuals with disabilities living in a group home cannot get married, but John and Lynette are powerful examples that indeed they CAN and they DO.
More than 350 guests decked out in tie-dye and blue jeans attended Hoodstock XV Continue Reading
Professionally, Milles is vice president of finance for the Kennedy Krieger Institute, where she oversees finance, budgeting, reimbursement, revenue cycle, patient accounting and patient financial services. Continue Reading
Hoodstock XV Tickets Now Available Aug 9, 2018 Join us on Saturday, October 13 at the American Visionary Art Museum for Hoodstock XV! Hoodstock is considered to be an anti-black-tie charity event where guets “Just Say No to Black-Tie and Yes to Tie-Dye!” It is a casual, laidback, family-friendly event where attendees enjoy live music along… Continue Reading
Unified’s 13 Annual Golf Classic Huge Success! Unified Community Connections 13th Annual Golf Classic, presented by Dimensional Health Care Associates, was held on Friday, April 20, at the Elkridge Club in Baltimore raising a record-breaking $110,000 for Unified’s programs and services that support children and adults with disabilities. Chaired by Jeff & Julie Bainbridge and Jonathan Clark, the… Continue Reading
Congratulations to Nelson Fuentes – 2017 Can Do Award Winner This year’s 2017 Samuel A. Tucker Memorial Can Do Award winner is Nelson Fuentes, who currently participates in Unified’s Supported Employment Program in Hagerstown. Nelson was nominated because he has overcome many challenges in his life, yet continues to maintain a positive attitude and… Continue Reading
Support Unified While You Shop! Support Unified Community Connections while you SHOP! With the holiday season upon us, Amazon makes online shopping a breeze. Now you can shop all your favorite products and gifts at Amazon while making a donation to Unified and support people with disabilities in the coming year. Just use the link below… Continue Reading
More than 350 guests were in attendance, wearing jeans and tie-dye, at Hoodstock XIV, Unified Community Connections’ family-friendly music festival fundraiser, held on Saturday, October 7 at the American Visionary Art Museum. Performances by local bands included Roses n Rust, once again this year’s headliner, The Wafflers, and 33 West. Music ranged from classic to… Continue Reading
Our best wishes to Delrey School Principal, Mimi Wang, who retired at the end of June. She joined the Delrey School as a teacher in 1971, when a majority of the students had cerebral palsy. “Delrey was one of the first institutions to work with these populations,” says Mimi. “I was impressed with the progress… Continue Reading
The Delrey School was recently awarded a $10,000 donation from Merritt Properties to purchase six new iPad Air devices with adaptive hardware, communication apps, and an Amazon Echo to improve students’ communication skills. In 2012 the school’s speech-language department started to incorporate the use of iPad technology into their therapy sessions to work in conjunction… Continue Reading