VISTAS Lafayette Quarterly Newsletter

Non-Profit Profile: Las Trampas
Steve Falk, City Manager
VISTAS City-wide Quarterly Newsletter

You may never have seen it but discretely hidden behind several lovely Moraga Boulevard homes, on 3.5 quiet acres, lies one of Lafayette’s greatest treasures: Las Trampas, Inc. If, as it has been said, our society will be judged by how we treat the least among us, Las Trampas is our exemplar, our light, our polestar, because the sole purpose for this amazing organization is to help those who need the most help.

What began in 1958 as a school for children with profound disabilities has evolved into a complex and busy nonprofit that provides everything from job training skills to independent and semi-independent living. The organization manages licensed group homes, supported living services and vocational and developmental services, and currently serves ninety -seven adults.

“Our philosophy is to integrate people into the community as much as possible,” says Development Director Kathy Merchant. While some clients live with caregivers, other live independently in one of our residences. They come here during the day for activities, and we support them in their everyday life.”

Las Trampas folks give back to their community. Among other efforts, they help make blankets for Children’s Hospital, keep local parks clean and green, and collect unused sundries from local hotels which they clean, repackage and deliver to Contra Costa homeless shelters.

Community integration has, indeed, been critical to Las Trampas’ sustainability, and several generations of Lafayette residents have stepped forward to support the organization. There’s another opportunity to do so this year, and it will be pure fun, all for a great cause. You can support Las Trampas by attending the 8th Annual What’s in Our Hat? fundraiser at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa on Sunday, April 27, 3:00-6:30 PM. Tickets are $100, and available at (925) 284-1462 or

Your dollars will fund this vital Lafayette resource that enables individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities to expand their horizons and lead full, active lives in the community. They are our neighbors, our friends, maybe our own family members.

Original article here.