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Causes: Christianity, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Group Homes, Human Services, Religion, Residential Care & Adult Day Programs

Mission: The Baddour Center is dedicated to providing a model residential community for adults with mild or moderate intellectual disabilities in an environment that promotes maximum growth mentally, spiritually, physically, socially, emotionally and vocationally.

Programs: Residential services: 1. Residential services is responsible for ensuring that quality programs, services and opportunities are offered to individuals with intellectual disabilites for the purpose of promoting maximum independence in the least restrictive environment possible. The staff works closely with the residents and their families as well as the other program divisions to ensure the most appropriate supports and services are in place to assist residents in maintaining a well balanced and healthy lifestyle. 2. The center is committed to supporting the rights of individuals with intellectual disabilities and empowers residents to make decisions and choices which will lead to personal satisfaction and quality of life. 3. The baddour center's residential community consists of 14 group homes and 4 apartment units. Regardless of the living arrangement, many teaching opportunities are available to assist residents in achieving independent living skills. 4. The health and physical well-being of each resident is assessed and maintained through the provision of services in an on-site health clinic. 5. Case management is provided for all residents and is the process used to track individual resident progress across all program areas. 6. A person-centered approach to planning with each resident is utilized to ensure individual goals and dreams for the future are identified and addressed. 7. The education and research division is designed to improve the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities by advancing the knowledge and understanding of their specific characteristics and needs. 8. Education and research programs include individual and group counseling to assist identified residents with personal growth and educational classess and individualized programming offered to enhance the social and behavioural skills of residents. Further, continuing education opportunities were provided to staff memebers to enhance job specific skills as it relates to serving residents and university student practitum experiences were offered to encourage emerging professional to specialize in working with our population.

vocational services 1. The vocational services division provides residents and day clients work opportunities in hand-packing, display assembly, custom fulfillment, greenhouse/nursery work, grounds maintenance and garden center retail/customer services. Through these jobs, the residents gain both skills and condfidence and earn a paycheck. 2. Each resident receives the individualized resources and training necessary to learn new job skills, develop job keeping skills, meet challenges and be productive. 3. The vocational division offers horticultural therapy to residents who wish to participate. In this program, gardening serves as a medium through which residents learn life skills such as nurturing, natural consequences and team work. The program is provided through alternative vocational services (avs). 4. The vocational division offers both the newest and youngest residents job training through the shape program. Shape is provided through avs in a therapeutic environment that focuses primarily on development of work skills and behaviors. 5. Reach is another avs program designed for seniors who are neither ready nor willing to cease employment. Reach focues on skill maintenance in a slower paced environment. 6. Vocare provides skills assessment, career interest inventories and job exploration to residnets already actively engaged in the work program. Vocare strategies are person-centered and include specialized testing, situational assessments, job try outs, on-the-job training, work adjustment sessions and one-on-one career counseling. 7. The vocational division works closely with the center's other divisions to ensure residents' work experiences balance with other center offerings.

community life 1. The community life division plays a key role in residents' lives and is made of five major departments. Since the baddour center was founded on christian principles and continues to be affiliated with the united methodist church, a part-time chaplain is employed to implement and coordinated opportunities for worship and study. Residents participate in spiritual growth programs, chapel and other activities in the spiritual growth department. A weekly prayer list is also published. 2. The physical fitness department creates a personal exercise program for each resident, including cardiovascular and strength-building exercises. This department also offers intramural and special olympics. 3. The recreation department provides residents opportunities to participate in a variety of on- and off-campus leisure activities. The goals of this program are to help the residents develop appropriate social skills and to provide activities that are fun and entertaining. 4. The performing and createive arts (pca) department offers classes in art, music, mime/lyrical dance (hearts in motion - him), pupperty, drama, literature, voice and a variety of other arts and crafts venues. 5. Last but certainly not least, the miracles, the baddour center's nationally recognized resident choir and the miracles encore, a small group ensemble, makes up the final area of community life. Their ministry is to glorify god, demonstrate the abilities of persons with intellectual disabilities and tell the story of the baddour center. Residents auditiion to be one of the 25 to 28 members who attend mandatory practices weekly.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

My brother has lived at Baddour for over 20 years. The faculty and staff at the center has changed his life. He now is self confident, happy, working and enthusiastic about living at Baddour. It's a Christ centered home for residents who live, work, and play together. My brother likes to visit his family members but he's very excited to get back to the place he calls home.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known about the Baddour Center since its inception more than 35 year ago. It is one of the most remarkable facilities of its kind. Watching it grow over the years, I am always impressed with the dedicated staff and how they continue to serve its residents in the most innovative and caring ways.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity is terrific. They do so much for their residents. Volunteering with them has been great

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure to be in attendance at several functions spotlighting the Baddour Center. The Christmas program put on by the residence, is a Heart Warming production expressing love, respect for each other, and a true Spirit of Home. As a guest you feel like you've gathered at a family reunion, not visiting a program and leave untouched. You leave warm and humbled by the sweet presence shared by staff, residence, and guest.

The Garden center is over the Top !!!
The garden manager Linette , has along with her crew of residence, and staff developed a master piece by developing a butterfly center, welcoming the winged beauties. I was present watching the eyes and excitement of one resident experiencing his first visit of the monarch caterpillars. They together have shared the Magic butterfly development with schools, individuals, and most importantly their own residence at their own homes.

The Dancing with the Stars Event featuring residence and other important guest is a Splendid evening that should not be missed by anyone.

All of the above comes together because of the folks working with their hearts to keep the residence FIRST in the cause.

Reba Wright



Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Baddour Center Garden Center is a customer of mine. This is a full line, full service garden center. The residents play a huge role in growing the majority of the plants they retail. This year they began what I think is one of the most innovative programs I've seen - a monarch butterfly project.
They are growing and selling the native milkweed and are also offering monarch caterpillars too!
This is just one of the things they do that sets them apart...

Donor

Rating: 5

Choices is the first word that comes to mind when I think about The Baddour Center. Residents have so many choices in their day-to-day lives! Job choices, independent living skill choices, recreational choices, and friendship choices are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to choices for them!

That same word could be applied to me as a former and recently returned staff member. I had the privilege of working here for five years; then, I made the choice to become a teacher, thinking that was what God called me to do. As much as I loved my students, I always thought about residents of The Baddour Center -- and unknowingly even centered many of my lessons on kindness, tolerance for people who are different from you, and celebrating your abilities, not disabilities. In hindsight, I realize that what I was teaching my students was what The Baddour Center taught me. You see, the choices we make in life is subconsciously a model to others around us about how to live life, treat others, etc.

Life is one big beautiful choice. The old saying suggests that we should choose wisely. So, I chose to return to The Baddour Center a few months ago in a role that allows me to share this incredible group of people - not just a non-profit but a family - with others who are searching for choices for their loved ones. If The Baddour Center can indirectly teach a staff member such valuable building blocks for life, can you imagine what they can teach the men and women who live here, the ones who every program is geared toward and the culture is built around?

I hope you will select a non-profit to support. I personally choose to give back through our United Way payroll deductions. Remember, giving of your time and money is your choice, but we hope you choose Baddour residents!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer on Wednesday mornings at the Baddour garden center. It is a joy to be there. The flowers are beautiful and the people are friendly.

Donor

Rating: 5

If you want to make a difference in someone's life and feel blessed by doing it then come volunteer at The Baddour Center. I promise you will receive more than you give or at least feel that way. Beautiful place with beautiful people who love unconditionally! How do I know all of this? I've had the privilege of working here for the past 36 years. You may come by yourself, bring a group or your family but come take a tour and see what area you would like to volunteer..

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the volunteer staff, and they are super! They are always looking for ways for volunteers to interact with and enhance the experience of the residents. Love working with The Baddour Center.

Brenda Smith
Volunteer Northwest Mississippi

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I became affiliated with this agency about 10 years ago as a volunteer on a committee, then joined the Board of Directors, and finally have become an employee. the Center's mission to be a model community for persons with intellectual disabilities does not waver. Management is top notch. The Center is privately funded, and displays only the highest standards of care and best practices. A truly person centered program, tops in this field, and the most enriched environment I have ever seen. Five stars plus here!!!