Marrakech, Inc. Celebrates its 45th Anniversary

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Southern Connecticut-based non-profit, Marrakech, Inc. is proud to announce that 2016 will mark its 45th year anniversary serving the residents and families of Connecticut. Since the early 1970s, Marrakech has been changing lives by providing a broad array of programs and services for persons with disabilities as well as for those with similar service needs.

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"A vision that our Founders had 45 years ago, that is kept alive today, is for each person we serve to live and work in the community and be accepted by others for their individual qualities and contributions," says Heather LaTorra, Pres. & CEO, Marrakech.

Marrakech assists individuals who face barriers to securing employment, connecting to necessary supportive services, accessing housing, and participating fully as contributing members of the community. The individuals they serve are encouraged to strive for long-term goals such as a higher level of self-sufficiency and greater participation in the communities in which they live. Some of the highlighted programs and services that Marrakech provides include: workforce development, community support services, behavioral health & vocational rehab, supportive living services, and quality of life services.

One of the programs that Marrakech is most proud of is one of their social enterprises, East Street Arts. East Street Arts is dedicated to fostering the creation of art through artisan training programs, workshops, and community interactions.

“A vision that our Founders had 45 years ago, and that is kept alive today, is for each person we serve to live and work in the community and be accepted by others for their individual qualities and contributions. East Street Arts is located in the perfect spot for budding artists to learn how to create, show off and sell their artwork, and also be welcomed and valued by their community,” says Heather LaTorra, President and CEO, a 30-year Marrakech employee.

East Street Arts is home to both an Art Studio and the Association of Artisans to Cane, a caning studio that has been serving Connecticut and providing employment opportunities for people of all abilities for 30 years. East Street Arts will have its official grand opening and ribbon cutting on Friday, May 6, 2016, 2pm, at 597 East Street, New Haven, CT 06511. The ribbon cutting will be followed by art installations and seat weaving demonstrations.


About Marrakech, Inc.
Founded in 1971 by Yale Students, Marrakech, Inc. is a private, nonprofit corporation serving over 1,300 men, women, and children who face mental, economic, physical, and psychiatric barriers, through a range of programs designed to meet housing, employment, training, and community participation needs. Supported by a staff of almost 900, Marrakech, Inc. offers case management and advocacy; family support services; highly individualized independent living support services; twenty state-licensed group homes; employment programs; community programs; and safe, affordable, accessible housing.

With programs and services located throughout the state of Connecticut, the organization supports people with a variety of support needs such as people with behavioral health issues; people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; individuals who have acquired brain injuries; families with complex needs; adults who are considering recovery from addictions; people who are homeless, unemployed, and under-employed; families of low income; and at risk youth and students.

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