Individuals served FY 2022
Laradon empowers children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The premier provider serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Laradon’s Core Values
Laradon’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Statement
Laradon strives to foster a culture that celebrates diversity, ensuring that each member of our community has equal opportunities to thrive and contribute their unique perspectives. We are committed to promoting equity and accessibility by identifying and eliminating systemic barriers that may hinder the growth and advancement of underrepresented groups through intentional and inclusive practices.
Take a virtual tour of Laradon’s 10-acre campus located in Denver’s Globeville neighborhood. It serves as the home for 5 unique programs and roughly 200 full and part-time employees all serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Other affiliates who utilize the Laradon campus include the following:
- Habitat for Humanity
- Mental Health Centers
Within a short time, Laradon gained national recognition as an innovator of education and training services for people with special needs. As referrals dramatically increased, the need for a larger facility, additional staff, and financial support became apparent. In 1950, Laradon moved to its current facility at 5100 Lincoln Street in northwest Denver, where services continue to expand and enrollments continue to rise.
In partnership with parents, professionals, philanthropic organizations and generous community members, Joseph and Elizabeth Calabrese created a training center for people seeking the opportunity to expand their work skills, a school for children with special needs and housing for people in need of a home.The Calabrese’s knew that when provided with the proper education, training and support, people with disabilities could realize their full potential, contribute to the community and become valued members of society.
That vision still exists today. It is manifested in Laradon’s culture and operating philosophy; it is embodied in its mission statement and is seen on the faces of the children and adults who are experiencing a life of inclusion, independence and success.
Laradon Hall Society Board of Directors
Larry Burgess, President
L&M Capital Investment
Jo-Ann Scharmann, Treasurer
Retired, United Way CFO
Alice Hilzer, Secretary
Physical Therapy Assistant; Colorado Elks Member
Ft. Morgan, CO
CFO, Jewish Family Service CO
Principal, J. Joransen Consulting LLC.
Retired Healthcare Executive
Manager, Management Consulting, Plante Moran
Tax Examiner, Colorado Department of Revenue
Plante Moran- Principal
Plante Moran- Principal
Retired, Elks Member
Attorney, Goodspeed Merrill
Val Saiz, LCSW
Val Saiz Counseling
Attorney, Stokes & Wolf, P.C.