Marianne's House closing March 31


BELLINGHAM - Marianne's House, an activity center for developmentally disabled adults, will close Monday, March 31.

Melinda MacLean founded Marianne's House in 2005, partly as a tribute to her late sister, and partly because as the mother of two developmentally disabled sons, she realized how much such a center could do for families.

MacLean said some of those who used the center were able to pay, but it needed a subsidy from donations and fundraisers, and that money has been harder to get since the recession. The center was no longer able to make ends meet, MacLean said.

Marianne's House has had several locations over the years. It most recently shared space with the Max Higbee Center, 1210 Bay St.

At its peak, Marianne's House had 13 clients. In recent months, that had dwindled to seven.

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