Dan “Danny” McLean, a resident of East Longmeadow who has cerebral palsy and is on the autism spectrum
Danny McLean got connected to Glenmeadow after his mother, Sharon McLean, reached out to a local agency that helps people with disabilities find jobs and volunteer positions. Multicultural Community Services arranged for Danny to get one-on-one job coaching with his aide Gary, and Danny started to come to Glenmeadow every Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
How We Helped
We helped Danny build relationships with our team members and residents. When he arrives here, Mary Gleason, our dining room hostess, is there to greet him. They sit in the dining room, where Danny orders two chocolate chip cookies and a “red Coke soda,” as he calls it. Then Danny and Mary fold our cloth napkins and put the dining room’s receipts in alphabetical order by resident’s last name, filing them away into a Pendaflex folder with pockets for each letter.
Now 27, Danny has been with us for roughly 10 years. The arrangement has benefitted him, Mary, and Glenmeadow residents and team members. “Danny likes the structure,” says his mother. “He likes having a place to go where he feels needed. That’s very beneficial.” Mary says, “I enjoy our relationship. Danny’s a delight.”