Our Mission & Values
We provide community-based recreation programs for youth and adults with developmental disabilities with three broad aims:
- To provide opportunities for personal enjoyment and enrichment through a diverse range of leisure activities.
- To promote the social, physical, emotional, and cognitive growth and development of participants.
- To assist participants to achieve greater independence in their lives and increased involvement in the community.
The Max Higbee Center envisions a caring, inclusive, respectful, and thriving community where people are empowered to grow, develop, and enrich their lives through recreation activities and the relationships they create.
The Max Higbee Center values a fun, safe, welcoming, and people-first community dedicated to creating friendships and offering opportunities for all members to reach their greatest potential.
A Brief History
Max Higbee Center is a grassroots organization founded by educators and families of people with developmental disabilities who wanted quality recreation opportunities in Whatcom County. Max Higbee, a professor at Western Washington University, spearheaded this movement. The Drop-In Center gained status as a non-profit organization in 1984 and was then renamed in honor of its founder.
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