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On January 30, Merakey celebrated the opening of the Merakey Cheatham Transition House in Baton Rouge, LA with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. The Chamber of Commerce, community members, and key stakeholders joined CEO Joe Martz, Vice President Becki Mann, Executive Director Steve Whitlow, and all the staff from Gateway Transition Services for the ribbon cutting and tours of the new home.

The home will serve as a residential program for men with autism, ages 21 – 35, to live and learn in a safe and supportive environment and be challenged to grow as young adults.

The goal of the program is to provide education, tools, and resources to prepare residents for a more independent living environment, when they are ready to do so. The house will provide in-home support, a skills coach to assist with grocery shopping, cooking, and medication management, positive social interactions and community involvement, and vocational opportunities and training at Merakey Gateway Ink – their onsite t-shirt print shop.

The house is the first of its kind for Merakey, and it is a unique and innovative option for learning to live independently. This model demonstrates Merakey’s commitment to providing comprehensive and integrated services to individuals and communities across the nation. For more information, or to make a referral, please contact maggie.giles@merakey.org or 225-590-3124.