November 24,  2020

Due to the current spiking of COVID-19 cases in Douglas County, Cottonwood’s Management Team has decided to advance the previously disclosed Thanksgiving closure.   Day Services offered at Cottonwood’s Retirement, Building #2  & #3, will be paused currently and we will re-open, if all goes well, on December 7th.  Individuals in Cottonwood’s Residential Services’ group homes will receive day services in their homes.  The safety measures currently in place at the group homes (regardless of whether or not someone has had an exposure) will continue to further lessen the exposure risk for people we support and staff who support them.  Also, the full No Visitor policy remains in effect.  Any overnight visits with family will be decided on an individual basis based on prevailing conditions for that individual. 

Administrative offices, Retirement staff,  Building 2, and Building 3 staff will still be working during this time, but we urge everyone who works in these areas to step up their Covid vigilance.  Our No Visitor Policy is also still in effect until further notice.


For your calendars:

November 26th and November 27th -- Thanksgiving Holiday--Cottonwood Day Programs and Administrative Offices are closed, as is customary.

November 11th through December 4th -- Building 2, Building 3, and  Retirement Center Closure

December 7th -- Building 2, Building 3, and Retirement Center Re-open for Day Services

We have tried to manage with science, thoughtfulness, risk mitigation, transparency, and compassion.  We are not unscathed, but no one is, and we count our blessings and try to practice gratitude for what we have managed to hold on to during this crisis.  We know there are those who have been unable to return to Day Programs because of our space limitations. That will remain until the 6’ spacing guidance is lifted.

As we have said many times we struggle with these decisions and try to mitigate their impact as much as possible. Thanks for your support and understanding!  



Case managers serve as valuable resources. They have the knowledge, the training, and the experience to help individuals find services in the community and access benefits.

Unique among employment agencies in the Lawrence, Kansas area, we analyze job requirements and customize a job match with qualified and reliable workers.

Individuals develop a range of vocational skills
such as light assembly, packaging,
  shredding and collating.


Cottonwood, Incorporated’s Residential Department provides services and supports to individuals in varied settings throughout Lawrence.


Work Enrichment serves adults with multiple challenges who desire options for paid work, volunteer experiences, and opportunities for personal achievement.

Retirement Services are offered to adults over the age of 62 who no longer want or need full-time, work-oriented services.

Cottonwood, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization that was established in 1972 to provide services to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Over the years, Cottonwood has earned a reputation for quality services and care as a community service provider. In 1995, Cottonwood was awarded an additional responsibility through the Developmental Disability Reform Act. It became the Community Developmental Disabilities Organization (CDDO) for Douglas and Jefferson counties. As the CDDO, Cottonwood is the single point of entry connecting individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities to the network of services in this area.