By: Shawn Johnson Lynn University Contributing Writer
Local nonprofit Twin Palms Center for the Disabled is celebrating its 50th anniversary in style on Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 306 NW 35th St. in Boca Raton.
The program, geared toward enriching the lives of those who age out of the typical high school environment yet still require additional care, serves up to 24 individuals at a time. This care includes a wide variety of activities to ensure the clients have a safe, secure place to stay while their parents work.
“One of the most important things as far as the parents are concerned is that they just want their kids to have some friends,” said Christopher Berens, executive director. “[Twin Palms] is a place where all of our clients are a network of friends who protect and look out for each other like family.”
This family atmosphere is what has led the institution to grow in recent years. Founded in 1958, Twin Palms has grown over time while revamping their facilities and strengthening their programming for their clients.
Being one of the few locations nationally that caters to this specific demographic, Berens and his team are proud to have left an ongoing impact in Boca Raton. 50 years after the program’s inception, they have partnered with hundreds of families.
“Twin Palms is proud to have been serving the South Florida community for 50 years, helping more than 300 clients achieve their greatest individual potential,” said Berens. “We are very proud to be working with this population and to see the good that we do. What makes it all worth it is to know that these guys care about what we are doing for them.”
To honor 50 years of service in Boca Raton, the 50th Anniversary Picnic will feature a litany of entertainment and activities, including bounce houses, a D.J., a silent auction and even a proclamation from Mayor Scott Singer. Food will be provided by Mississippi Sweets and 5 Spice Asian Street Market.
“We’re getting the community involved,” said Paul Radding, senior program coordinator and Twin Palms’ licensed practical nurse. “We have invited organizations that fit into our goals and vision as a company, allowing us to give back to those who have done so much for us and our clients.”
Tickets for the event run $20 for adults and $15 for children, which includes lunch and entertainment. For tickets, visit TwinPalmsCenter.org or call 561-391-4874 for more information.