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Job Fair 2022

Wednesdays, January 19th,  26th 2022
1:00 P.M. to 5 P.M.
1901 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003
(next to Stadium-Armory metro station)

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Team Innovate

Team Innovate is St. Coletta’s peer advisory group. Made up of employees from all of St. Coletta’s programs, Team Innovate brings issues to senior management that the committee feels will make the organization a better place for our students, adult participants and employees. Conversely, senior management brings issues to Team Innovate and asks for their input. Members of Team Innovate are:

From the DC school program:
Shandell Matthews (Co-Chair)
April Adams-Fowler
Chantel Washington (Secretary)
Gwen Green

From Alexandria Adult Program:
Jeremiah Rush (Co-Chair)
Talisha Cheatham

From Rockville Adult Program:
Charlette Stapleton
Sophia Raymond

Team Innovate is St. Coletta’s peer advisory group
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St. Coletta Names New CEO

Industry Veteran to Assume Role Sept. 7

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 23, 2021 – St. Coletta of Greater Washington, a national leader in providing special education and vocational opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, has named Michael A. Rodrigues as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective Sept. 7.

Mr. Rodrigues, previously President and CEO of New England Village, a provider of residential and day services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in southeastern Massachusetts, replaces Sharon B. Raimo, who retired in 2020 after 28 years in the position at St. Coletta.

Mr. Rodrigues  is a Massachusetts native who’s been a leader of nonprofits for the past 30 years. Before joining New England Village, he was the President and CEO of Thrive Support &  Advocacy, and previously Chief Executive Officer of Triangle. He is a graduate of the Isenberg School at University of Massachusetts - Amherst, and is married with three children.

Said St. Coletta’s Board of Trustees President Sue Goodhart, “We are thrilled that Michael is joining us to build upon the legacy and impact Sharon brought us these past three decades. His experience and passion in this field are unparalleled, and we’re eager to enter this new phase in St. Coletta’s rich history.”

St. Coletta of Greater Washington is a nonsectarian institution serving 500 children and adults with intellectual and multiple disabilities in Washington, D.C. and its surrounding area. Along with its landmark school headquarters, designed and built by Michael Graves in 2006, St. Coletta operates two adult day facilities and, under the Coletta Collections banner, runs a social enterprise where artisans with disabilities design and sell unique crafts and jewelry.

Vaccine Clinic at St. Coletta School

Friday, February 4 th| 4-8PM

Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 vaccines available for any child age 5-11.
Accompanying family or household members may also receive first, second, or booster dose of their vaccine. Multiple brands will be available for people age 12+.
No entry without appropriate mask / face covering.
Social distancing is required upon entering the building.
Only those receiving vaccines and one adult per child will be admitted.
Must complete COVID-19 health screen upon arrival.
The conditions below must be met in order to pass the health screen:

  • No COVID-19 symptoms in the proceeding 10 days
  • No positive COVID-19 test result in the proceeding 14 days
  • No contact in the past 14 days with someone with someone infectious with COVID-19.
  • No international travel in the proceeding 14 days (unless negative test results were received from a COVID-19 test administered 5 days after returning from travel)
  • No domestic travel in the proceeding 14 days (unless fully vaccinated prior to the start of travel or negative test results were received from a COVID-19 test administered 5 days after returning from travel)
  • Must not be awaiting results of a COVID-19 test (aside from a routine surveillance test)
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COVID-19 Resources

January 2022

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2021 Holiday Gifts

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These beautiful products were handcrafted at our school and adult programs. Support these local artisans with disabilities and Shop Now – quantities are limited.
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Our Mission

The mission of St. Coletta of Greater Washington is to empower children and adults with intellectual disabilities to discover their full potential.

OUR VISION

Our vision is for people with intellectual disabilities to be recognized and accepted as valuable contributors to the world around them.

VALUE STATEMENT

At St. Coletta we believe in the immeasurable value of the individual human spirit and the right of each individual to live as full and independent a life as possible. We respect the dignity of all persons entrusted to our care and our goal is to serve them in an atmosphere that encourages their talents, celebrates their successes and builds their self-esteem.

St Coletta Programs

School Program

The program at St. Coletta includes: functional academics, skills of daily living, and community based instruction.


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Adult Program

The program offers adults age 18 and older opportunities to participate in vocational and pre-vocational training, supported employment, life skills training, and community integration in order to achieve greater independence.

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Coletta Collections

Coletta Collections are retail stores attached to each of our adult programs. The shops sell fused glass jewelry, tableware and home decor as well as hand woven items all made by our participants.

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School Program

Includes: functional academics, skills of daily living, and community based instruction.
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Adult Program

Offers adults age 18 and older opportunities to participate in vocational and pre-vocational training, supported employment, life skills training, and community integration in order to achieve greater independence.
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Coletta Collections

Coletta Collections are retail stores attached to each of our adult program sites. The shops sell fused glass jewelry, tableware and home decor as well as hand woven items all made by our participants.
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About Us

St. Coletta at a View

At St. Coletta we believe in the immeasurable value of the individual human spirit and the right of each individual to live as full and independent a life as possible. We respect the dignity of all persons entrusted to our care and our goal is to serve them in an atmosphere that encourages their talents, celebrates their successes and builds their self-esteem.

2022 Job Fair

St. Coletta is having a Job Fair on January 5th at our DC location.

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SHARON SPEAKS OUT

Former St. Coletta CEO, Sharon Raimo Gives Commencement Address

Trinity Washington University will present an honorary doctor of letters to Sharon Brady Raimo ’69, ’94, at Commencement on Saturday, May 18, 2019, in recognition of her lifetime of achievement and her commitment to improving the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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Sharon Brady Raimo Special Education Campus

On Wednesday, September 22nd, St. Coletta named its DC school building after retired CEO Sharon Raimo in recognition of 28 years of leading St. Coletta and her long career of advocating for people with disabilities. Councilmen Vince Gray and Charles Allen spoke, as well as Dr. Michelle Walker-Davis, Executive Director of DC Charter School Board.

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Check Fraud Alert

Saint Coletta has recently learned that criminals have been trying to steal money from individuals by sending a check that looks like a check from Saint Coletta of Greater Washington, Inc., but is not.  These criminals are then asking the recipient to deposit the check and send some money back to them for overpayment, or worse, mistaken payment and demanding full reimbursement.  If you receive an unexpected check from Saint Coletta of Greater Washington, do not deposit it and do not follow the instructions.  It’s fraud.  Please contact us with as much non-personal information as possible https://www.stcoletta.org/contact-us/.  Do not reply to the instigator no the threats.

Further information about these types of check scams can be found at the Federal Trade Commission website:

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/fake-check-scams

2017

Holiday Gift Guide

We are very excited to show all of the beautiful products that were handcrafted at our school and adult programs. From the beginning our participants are actively involved in creating a unique piece that gives them so much pride. Whether you shop for yourself or begin working on your holiday shopping list, we have gorgeous products for every style and every season.

Support these local artisans with disabilities and shop now – quantities are limited.

2017

Holiday Gift Guide

We are very excited to show all of the beautiful products that were handcrafted at our school and adult programs. From the beginning our participants are actively involved in creating a unique piece that gives them so much pride. Whether you shop for yourself or begin working on your holiday shopping list, we have gorgeous products for every style and every season.

Support these local artisans with disabilities and shop now – quantities are limited.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Shop Our Holiday Catalog

We are very excited to show all of the beautiful products that were handcrafted at our school and adult programs. From the beginning our participants are actively involved in creating a unique piece that gives them so much pride. Whether you shop for yourself or begin working on your holiday shopping list, we have gorgeous products for every style and every season.

Support these local artisans with disabilities and shop now – quantities are limited.

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Virtual Annual Benefit Gala

Save the Date for St. Coletta's Gala "Celebrating Sharon" September 19, 2020

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  • It is great to know that I can send Jonathan to school to work with staff who love their jobs. Rare are the mornings that Jonathan is not smiling as I dress and tell him he's going to school. He loves his teachers and is excited to get on the bus each morning. As parents, we are excited that Jonathan has a great team helping him achieve his full potential.” Sandra Thomas St. Coletta Parent
  • I cannot express my gratitude towards your dedication and devoting service for my son. I am very grateful for him to be exposed to you, people that try to care and love him for who he is. I deeply appreciate all that you do, and thank you from the bottom of my heart.” Veronica Aneke St. Coletta Parent
  • I am so thankful for St. Coletta and all the staff. You all are so caring and for that I am truly grateful. Kwenton loves coming to school even though he can't tell me, he shows with that smile of his. His aide will never know how much she is loved by our family. The care and attention she gives is off the chart.” Wanda Graves St. Coletta Parent