Lakemary Center Serving children and adults with developmental abilities
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To learn, to grow, to reach for the stars ... these are the goals and dreams of the people served by LAKEMARY — children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Founded in 1969 by the cooperative efforts of parent advocates, community leaders, and the Ursuline Community of Sisters, LAKEMARY has expanded today to provide a complete array of services to persons of all ages in Miami and Johnson County communities. LAKEMARY is headquartered on a beautiful 32 acre campus in Paola, Kansas. In this inspiring setting, youngsters reap the many benefits of our unique children's center, featuring a residential school and treatment program. Adults served by LAKEMARY live in apartments and homes in Paola and Johnson County. Most are employed at our work centers or in community jobs.

Special Prize Drawing 1966 Thunderbird!

Special Prize Drawing -- 1966 Thunderbird


Making Miracles Happen:  Since 1969, Lakemary has provided a place where children with developmental disabilities learn and heal. Some of society's most forgotten children find hope, dignity, and a real opportunity for a life with meaning. From their families' perspective - here is our story.

For both children and adults, LAKEMARY represents an opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest, with the widest range of living, working and learning options always within reach. As a year-round private not-for-profit organization, we are committed to providing these opportunities to those we serve.


LAKEMARY is an involved and committed member of the Paola, Johnson County, and Metropolitan Kansas City communities. With over 450 staff providing services, which are absolutely vital to the lives of over 600 individuals and their families, LAKEMARY, embraces the 21st Century with a passion for service and a clear vision of the importance of our mission.


Lakemary Center's Mission is:
"to provide choices and opportunities for persons
with special needs to maximize the freedom and control they can bring to their lives."

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