Walker Changes Domain Name from Walkerschool.org to Walkercares.org – A Slight Alteration That Is More Significant Than It Might Appear

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Walker's vision for the future takes it far beyond the notion of bricks and mortar. The concept extends further to encompass Walker's partnering with organizations and professionals in the community to ensure a continuum of quality care.

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WalkerCares is meant to put the focus on what Walker does in all its programs, whether on campus, in homes or in communities across Massachusetts.

Walker recently changed its domain name from walkerschool.org to walkercares.org. At first glance this may seem like a minor modification. However, there is much more behind it than meets the eye.

Walker is not just schools, and not just a campus. Walker's vision for the future takes it far beyond the notion of bricks and mortar. The concept extends further to encompass Walker's partnering with organizations and professionals in the community to ensure a continuum of quality care.

Walker believes that all children do best when they live with family, learn in their community school, and have a connection to their community. To that end, Walker encourages close connections with family members and their network of supports, multi-disciplinary teams of professionals, and community resources. This helps build the capacity of children to develop healthy social, emotional and educational skills despite being confronted with serious mental health, behavioral, and developmental challenges, often exacerbated by complex trauma.

Susan Getman, Walker's President and CEO, stated, “Recognizing child and family strengths is essential to our work. Walker's teachers, clinicians, and other professionals know that for children and families to succeed they need to be supported in the home and in the community through alliances with natural and community supports. By coordinating consistent, individualized care with other providers and systems, we can be certain that the skills children learn are reinforced in their home, school, and community life.”

In addition to helping children and families transition from Walker's campus programs to their home, school and community, the organization fills gaps in behavioral health services for children and families in both public and private schools. In these situations, students never see nor set foot in either of Walker's Needham or Watertown campuses.

Scott M. Preston, Ph.D., Walker's Director of Program Improvement, Compliance, Technology, expressed, “WalkerCares is meant to put the focus on what Walker does in all its programs, whether on campus, in homes or in communities across Massachusetts. We hope that the new domain name will call attention to all of the important work Walker is doing on behalf of the children, families and communities it serves with distinction and care.”

Please contact Walker to learn more about how it is providing a continuum of quality care, whether on campus, in communities, or through consultation and training for families and professionals.

ABOUT WALKER:

Walker is a nonprofit organization that provides supportive environments for children, teens, and families through an array of academic programs and therapeutic services. Each year, Walker directly serves more than 400 children on the Needham and Watertown campuses, and impacts thousands of children and families through trainings and consultation services in their communities.

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