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Melwood celebrates 50 years of service

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Published on: Wednesday, June 26, 2013

By Sarah Hainesworth

One of Prince George’s County’s most accommodating nonprofits celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Melwood, a horticulture center located in Upper Marlboro, has worked for decades to achieve its goal of providing better quality of life for those with disabilities.

Founded in 1963, Melwood began teaching plant care to disabled young adults. Melwood has since expanded its services to include a recreational camp, career training, on the job training, community support and more.

The Prince Georges’s County Department of Family Services, Mental Health and Disabilities Division and the Commission for Individuals with Disabilities named Melwood Employer of the Year in 2012. Melwood earned the Seal of Excellence from the Maryland Association of Non-profit Organizations in March.

Melwood kicked off its series of 50th celebrations in June. The “Melwood Homecoming” event featured wine tastings, food trucks, face painting, pony rides and other family fun activities.

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