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Gibson Gives Back: Keith Bradley's Decades of Dedication to the Latham Centers

Keith W. Bradley BuildingGibson Sotheby’s International Realty associate Keith Bradley has dedicated more than two decades of his life to the Latham Centers, an organization providing vital support to individuals with special needs on Cape Cod. Inspired by a call for volunteers from the new CEO, Keith joined the board 22 years ago. Since then, he has played a pivotal role in milestone achievements, including the establishment of a fundraising golf tournament and the expansion of Latham's facilities.

Despite financial challenges, Keith remains committed to supporting the center's programs, which include residential living services and individual care, along with educational and vocational programs. In recognition of his exceptional dedication and invaluable contributions, he was recently honored with the opening of the Keith W. Bradley Building at the Latham Centers. This new dormitory building is testament to Keith’s enduring impact on the organization and the lives it serves. Read on as Keith reflects on his philanthropic journey, and imparts valuable advice on the importance of prioritizing compassion above all else.

Tell us a bit about your involvement with the Latham Centers! What initially inspired you to get involved with this organization? How long have you been involved?


Shortly after I moved to Cape Cod, a new CEO was seeking volunteers to staff her board at Latham Centers, then a little-known treatment center for children and adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome and other special needs.  Having served on a board for my niece's pre-school, I was asked if I would join the Latham Board.  That was 22 years ago.  As  a new but enthusiastic member of the Cape Cod community, the Latham Centers presented a helpful opportunity for me to support special needs clients on the Cape.

Can you share any favorite memories from your work with the Latham Centers over the years?

During my tenure as Board Chair, the Latham Centers were able to begin a fund-raising Golf Tournament at  Ocean Edge Resort.  Latham also broke ground for their second dormitory, having established the first as the Yawkey Dormitory.  Bowling competitions, Hawaiian nights, annual Year End celebrations, and special Christmas workshops featuring the handicrafts of Latham students are all highlights of the year.

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced?

Like many agencies, Latham Centers is always in need of funds to support the programs for the students and the inhabitants of the eleven group homes, while paying competitive rates for staff.  Tuition, housing, and medical support are all at the forefront at Latham, the premier treatment center for children and adults diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a genetic disease for which there is no cure. The need is great, and there is a waiting list for Latham's services.

As an agent focused on philanthropic giving, how do you stay engaged throughout the year?

I strive to stay involved on every level and remain dedicated to the cause. During my 22 years on Latham's board, I have served as Treasurer, Vice Chair and Board Chair, as well as a committee member for Finance and, most recently, the search committee to replace the retiring CEO.  Now, I serve as Board Chair of Transitions Centers, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Latham Centers, which provides day programs for clients with autism and other special needs who have aged out of the system.

Do you have any recommendations for those considering taking a deeper dive into philanthropy?  

Hallelujah!  Volunteer wherever you can.  So many non-profits need active participants to support their causes.  Start small to learn about being a board member, and build your leadership skills at every level.  It's not always about the money -- your care, compassion and willingness to show up will always take center stage.

To learn more about the Latham Centers and how you can support individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome and other special needs, visit www.lathamcenters.org.

Get in touch with Keith Bradley at 508-221-0711, keith.bradley@gibsonsir.com, or by visiting our Chatham office at 409 Main Street. 

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