COMMUNITY: The city’s “Lifelong” ambition

Karen Maricheau, Lifelong Takoma Program Manager. Photo by Brandi Vincent.

COMMUNITY • BRANDI VINCENT

Takoma Park will inspire healthy, happy “lifelong” residents with speakers and workshops on subjects from nutritional information to health screenings,

The city’s new Lifelong Takoma Initiative will provide innovative support and resources to Takoma Park residents.

“Lifelong Takoma means that we are bringing support and attention to our residents, so that they remain lifelong residents of Takoma,” said Karen Maricheau, the Lifelong Takoma Program Manager. “Our focus is on keeping residents happy and feeling supported.”

Benefit to all

This initiative will benefit all residents, and especially those who are age 55 and over, have disabilities, or act as caregivers in the area.

New to the program, this is Maricheau’s tenth week as the Program Manager. Her work includes assessing the needs and interests of the town’s residents, identifying current resources that are available to those meet needs, and developing community partnerships that will help to mend any gaps in what is available.

“My role is one of identifying needs, providing resources, and also advocacy,” Maricheau said.

The initiative’s first annual event, “Lifelong Takoma Day,” will be Saturday, September 24th, 1:00-4:00 PM at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, MD.

The event will include compelling speakers on relevant topics, engaging workshops, fitness demos, health screenings, nutritional information, and mini forums.

“This event is about building connections. It’s about helping to connect people who live here to resources – and to each other,” Maricheau said.

More to come

It will be the first of many events to come throughout the year and it will be held in the community center at 7500 Maple Ave.

More information will follow in the Takoma Park newsletter and other community postings.

Maricheau will also be hosting meet and greets in various locations throughout the summer.

The program is also open to volunteers. Those interested can call 703-891-7232 or email Maricheau at: KMaricheau@takomaparkmd.gov.

Admission for the event is free.

About the Author

Brandi Vincent
Brandi Vincent is a graduate student in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. She graduated from the Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University. There, she studied Liberal Arts, English Literature, and French Language. She grew up in south Louisiana, studied abroad in Nice, France, and is happy to call Maryland her new home.