POSTED: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 4:49pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 1:42pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — This year, Breckenridge Village of Tyler (BVT), part of the global BCFS system of health and human services non-profit organizations, is celebrating 15 years of caring for adults with mild to moderate intellectual or developmental disabilities. The anniversary is being celebrated at BVT events throughout the year, carrying the theme, “15 Years of Continuing a Mother’s Dream.”
BVT was the dream of Robert and Jean Breckenridge, made into reality by BCFS. The Breckenridges were teachers of children with developmental disabilities, and Mr. Breckenridge even served as superintendent of Denton and Travis state schools. When their son, Jimmy, was born with a developmental disability that would prevent him from ever being able to live on his own, the loving parents thought about plans for his future once they were no longer able to care for him. They also began to think about other families facing the same dilemma.
The Breckenridges purchased 70 acres near their home in Tyler to serve as the site of what is now BVT. Built by the Texas Baptist Men, the picturesque campus has six cottage-style homes, in addition to a chapel, greenhouse, swimming pool, fishing pier, health center and activity centers.
By coincidence, the BVT campus dedication ceremony was held on Jimmy’s birthday. This April, Jimmy celebrated his 50th birthday surrounded by all of his BVT friends.
BVT cares for God’s “forever children” in a warm, safe, family-like setting that promotes individual development and independence. The campus offers exceptional residential and day enrichment programs to meet the unique needs of the persons entrusted to its care, and are dedicated to empowering each resident as he or she develops spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially in a safe, loving, and closely supervised environment.
Today, ten adults engage in BVT’s day program and 40 residents call the faith-based community their home. This fulfilling lifestyle is made possible thanks, in great part, to the generosity of supporters who give to BVT’s scholarship fund. Many of the residents, including Jimmy, will stay at BVT for the rest of their lives.
For more information about Breckenridge Village, please visit www.BreckenridgeVillage.com .