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CEO Terry Davis Named a Smart 50 Honoree

Congratulations to CEO Terry Davis on being named one of Smart Businesses NEO Smart 50! The Smart 50 program was designed to recognize the top executives of the smartest companies in the region for their ability to effectively build and lead savvy organizations. 

Terry received his award at the July 12th ceremony at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven along with the other 49 honorees. It was inspiring to see so many distinguished leaders in attendance supporting the community at the awards ceremony. Congratulations to the entire 2016 Smart 50 Class!  

New Date for the Starlight Luncheon!
August 30th

The Starlight Guardian Humanitarian Award is presented to individuals who embrace the spirit of giving through charitable and generous compassion for others The selection process is based on leadership in the community and recognizes the selfless acts of others and the creation of opportunities that enhance the quality of life for all. The Starlight benefit has raised over two million dollars since it was inaugurated in 2005. The agency is grateful for the overwhelming support the Starlight Luncheon has generated over the years to provide services for over 700 individuals with disabilities in 70+ neighborhood homes in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina and Summit Counties.

To purchase tickets or inquire about a sponsorship click here or call (440) 934-6007. Proceeds from this year's Starlight Luncheon will go towards our new Mentor Pathways Day Program. 

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Terry Davis Receives EY Community Impact Award! 

Congratulations to CEO Terry Davis on receiving the Community Impact Award at the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 Gala on June 9th! "I want to thank Ernst & Young, the judges and am grateful to receive this award on behalf of the entire Our Lady of the Wayside Team. Everyday, each staff member works hard to change the world, making a difference by making sure the individuals that we serve have every opportunity to succeed, this is truly a team effort. Congratulations to all of the finalists. Thank you," Terry Davis

This award distinguishes The Wayside with arguably the region's most prestigious business award and puts the agency among organizations from 24 other regions nationally who also compete for this Award. The EY Award Program spans the globe to include 145 cities in 60 countries, with a roster of 10,000 alumni dating back to the last 30 years. 


A huge thank you to everyone who attended Grapes & Ale on Friday, May 20th at Progressive Field! A record setting 1,700 guests sipped, sampled and dined on amazing wine, beer and BBQ fare then danced the evening away to the music of Ace Molar.

In addition to all the fun, the event raised $100,000 for our Transportation Program which allows our consumers to get where they need to go with a van at each of our homes and programs.

Special thanks to presenting sponsor Giant Eagle, our partners, hosts, guests, volunteers, staff, wineries, breweries, restaurants and media for an amazing evening. 

For more information on the evening, click here.

Exceeding Goals with Exceeding Gratitude



As a non-profit organization, The Wayside has a Mission Statement -- and a good one at that: 
Our Lady of the Wayside enriches the lives of individuals who have developmental disabilities.

We provide individuals and their families pathways to healthy and productive personal growth through professional care and guidance. Wayside’s Mission Statement appropriately and
importantly reminds us of who we are and where we came from, all while setting the bar high. More, it’s a promise to the children and adults with developmental disabilities Wayside serves - a promise fulfilled day-in-and-day-out by the 700 staff working for the agency.

The vast majority of Wayside’s staff are Direct Service Professionals – DSP’s. Their work day starts out fairly average: get to work, punch the timeclock and roll up their sleeves. But from there, things get pretty extraordinary. The heart and soul of Wayside, DSP’s work directly with each and every one of the 700 children and adults we support. Cooking, driving and grocery shopping … bathing, changing and dosing medications … listening, redirecting and watching-like-a-hawk … DSP’s are helping hands, important advocates and the embodiment of promises kept.

Direct. Service. Professional. When you think about it, it’s a pretty profound title with a job description that charges them with the responsibility of making life better for the people in their care. They’re on a mission alright … and on behalf of the individuals Our Lady of the Wayside
supports, their families and the agency’s Board of Directors, I offer heartfelt appreciation, respect and thanks.

Thank you for all you do for Our Lady of the Wayside!

Terry Davis
President & CEO


Our Lady of the Wayside is growing and we have your opportunity to be a part of it.  We are currently seeking entry level positions as well as experienced direct care staff to join our team and will be conducting open interviews Monday-Friday at our Administrative Office in Avon.  

We offer a competitive benefits package for full-time employees as well as comprehensive training, including a Management Training Program, for those who wish to grow within the organization.  There are also Part-Time, Weekends only and PRN positions available for those who may still be in school or looking to expand their work experience.   

Open interviews will be conducted on-site with candidates.  For more information including qualifications and what you need to bring, please click here.


Give Today

Make an online contribution today and help the more than 700 children and adults with developmental disabilities served by Our Lady of the Wayside