Megan Maus, 33, adores her job at The Haven. Five days a week, she and her team cook lunch for the Selby Preschool on campus. They make pizza. Spaghetti. Chicken cacciatore. “We do a lot of taco days,” she says. Her specialty? Meatloaf. “I feel like I’m making it with love.”

Founded in 1954 as the Sunshine Day School for kids with special needs, The Haven has grown into a multidimensional nonprofit that serves 800 individuals with disabilities every month. About half have Down Syndrome; the rest live with a variety of disorders, from cerebral palsy to developmental delays. Autism is an increasingly common secondary as well as primary diagnosis.

By Sylvia Whitman
Sarasota Scene Magazine

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