WHERE WE STARTED
Winter Growth began providing an Adult Day Program in the home of Marge Burba, its founder, in April of 1979. It was her master’s thesis project. The objective of the demonstration project was to develop a program for older adults that was highly individualized and based on sound human development concepts. The program was designed to promote ego integrity, as defined by Erik Erickson as the eighth stage of human development, normally beginning after 65 years of age. When growth in this stage of life is denied, despair becomes the pervasive experience. Winter Growth would demonstrate that, in the right environment, even with illness and disability, older adults could successfully grow in integrity and overall life satisfaction.
Ms. Burba went on to incorporate Winter Growth as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in May 1979. Substituting strong community volunteer support for a large corporate safety net, Winter Growth has since constructed three state of the art buildings and developed a menu of community based services for older and disabled adults. Over the past forty years, the founder and a devoted senior staff have built the organization slowly, incorporating quality as each new program was designed or expanded.
As author and philosopher, Albert Camus, acknowledged in the well-known quote, “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer,” our experience validates our founding belief in embracing the summer (or potential) in each of us even in the winter of our lives.
For over 40 years, we have fulfilled her vision by providing services tailored to the unique abilities, interests, and life stories our clients bring to our community.
My partner has meaningful activities two days a week in the adult day program in Olney. This means so much to me, for her sake – as she enjoys “helping out” there, and it gives me time to organize my thoughts and accomplish other things at home. Thank you for being there and for providing this service.
The very compassionate staff and the other Winter Growth clients provided an amazing and family like environment for our son. We saw improvements in all areas almost immediately, most notably his social skills, his communication skills and especially his manners. Patrick’s wonderful adjustment certainly demonstrated Winter Growth’s mission to support disabled adults in achieving their highest potential. In fact, reaching full potential is so much more than a goal. At Winter Growth it is their mode of operation.
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Winter Growth is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of its transportation services on the basis of race, color, or national origin, as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
If you believe you have been subjected to unequal treatment because of race, color, or national origin, then you have a right to file a formal complaint.
Complaints may be filed within one hundred-eighty (180) days following the date of the alleged discriminatory action. Requests for more information or complaints may be submitted to Human Resources by mail (18110 Prince Philip Drive, Olney, MD 20832), telephone (410-964-9616), or email.