Sunflower Honors One of TLC’s Own

Rockville, Md.— Congratulations to Nick Heynen, DDA Team Coordinator of TLC’s Outcomes Service.  Nick was honored as an Agency Partner at the Sunflower Community Appreciation event, “Recognizing Our Unsung Heroes,” on March 17, 2014, at VisArts in Rockville. Sunflower Bakery’s mission is to prepare individuals with developmental or other cognitive disabilities for employment in baking and related industries through skilled, on-the-job training.  Outcomes provides employment support services for adults with disabilities and youth transitioning from high school to work. Outcomes is a Service of TLC—The Treatment and Learning Centers, a local, non-profit organization that provides educational, therapeutic, and vocational services to children and adults with special needs.

Nick has provided his expertise and guidance to Sunflower since their inception and currently serves on the Advisory Committee. Founders Sara Portman Milner and Laurie Wexler reached out to Nick when they were getting started to learn more about funding sources and partnering with County programs.

The Treatment and Learning Centers has enjoyed a partnership since the 2008 opening of Sunflower. Several Outcomes consumers have completed Sunflower’s training program and gone on to jobs at area food establishments including Safeway.  Sunflower currently employs two TLC consumers at their Gaithersburg location.  TLC’s Human Resources and Marketing Departments have also provided consultation to Sunflower.

TLC’s Executive Director Pat Ritter states, “Organizations like TLC and Sunflower Bakery are working to create meaningful employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in our community.  I am so pleased to see Nick Heynen, a passionate advocate and an incredible resource to individuals within the disability community, receive this recognition.”

About TLC

TLC—The Treatment and Learning Centers, located in Rockville, Md., improves lives and expands possibilities for individuals with special needs. Celebrating over 63 years of serving to the community in 2014, TLC is committed to integrity and excellence in our care and strives to assist all, regardless of their ability to pay.  For more information visit