WENDELL FOSTERS CAMPUS FOR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES INC

Rating: 5 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Human Services, Cancer

Location: 815 Triplett St P.O. Box 1668 Owensboro KY 42303 USA

Mission: Wendell Foster's Campus is a private non-profit organization that empowers individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their dreams and potentials.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am not directly involved with WFC but I have had the wonderful experience of attending fund raisers and other special events, and have met many of the staff and therapists there. The thing that stands out most in my mind about my experiences with WFC is the way they celebrate the lives of the people they serve and the passion that drives them. An example of that passion is the creation of the sensory park. I learned from the staff how the park started with a small, "I wonder if we could...", that turned into a unified brainstorm among them with no limitations! The result was a huge plan to make a park that enhances the lives of the resedents and individuals served by WFC, and then to have a big celebration and dedication of the park. My family and I attended the dedication and we were all touched by the love, the unity, and the passion of everyone involved. The spirit of the people, staff and clients is definately contagious. As I said before, I am not directly involved with WFC but I hope to be in the near future. I would truely be blessed to be a part of their mission.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hearing their story of the developement of the sensory park and attending the dedication celebration.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There is nothing I know of to change, but I do hope that the special needs program in my business plan will become yet another tool used by WFC to enhance the lives of their clients.

Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the chance to participate in training at Wendell Fosters campus. I have always enjoyed the training and found it benefits my job. They are close by, cost effective and always very sincere in the work they do. I have recommended several community individuals to turn to Wendell Foster for services in assisting with Austim Spectrum Disorders.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working with individuals with Autism

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue community Education trainings that are affordable.

Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the wonderful opportunity to work at Wendell Fosters Campus for Developmental Disabilities for 15 years in the Outpatient Therapy Department. I have also had the pleasure of bringing my son when he was a young child to the campus to receive outpatient Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy services. The Campus strives to ensure that their professional staff are adequately trained to meet the needs of a variety of individuals with a multitude of abilities. They put the individuals they serve first and ensure they receive high quality services. The campus has a wide variety of Assistive Technology equipment available to them to better serve the needs of individuals with multiple disabilities. The campus also provides trained Assistive Technology Professionals in Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy to facilitate the use of this cutting edge technology.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My son has received specialized therapy services at the campus.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I am not sure what I would change other than to ensure we continue to get Assistive Technology equipment in to ensure we are able to meet the needs of individuals with a wide range of abilities.

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

As a former employee of WFC for eight years I believe no other facility has such a profound impact on the lives of multi-handicapped indivduals as the WFC.
The employees are dedicated to the well-being of the individuals served and through therapies and active daily living skills, many clients have gone on to more independent living that was never dreamed of years ago.
There is a commerical that runs on CBS every spring about the Masters Golf Tournament stating, "A tradition unlike any other.." Well, you can say that about WFC, "A tradition unlike any other..."

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Witnessing the clients progress to a more independent living environment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

Rating: 5 stars  

My brother was a resident of the WFC for 49 years. He came to the Fosters as a baby, very early in the development of this fine place. My Mother was on the Board for most of her adult years, all our family volunteered in preparing food, painting walls, cleaning floors, helping procure and donate funds, thru my entire life. We are very proud to have been a small part of the growth. The facility has many facets and we have not found one that hasn't excelled! All the therapies are state-of-the-art, the care is top notch, cleanliness is outstanding and the staff is so loving and gentle with this group of special people. It is a very respected home for many special needs folks and a great service to the community for others who use it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My brother never tried to walk or talk until he came to WFC. He was cared for 24/7 which we could not do at home with one parent who worked full time and had 3 other children. He experienced events, went to movies, danced, played the guitar and sang, helped with "chores" in the early days...and lived a fairly normal life, as the result of being here.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Remove some of the restrictions from the state, which would in turn give more time to the clients. Enlarge the staff and facilities to house and help more of our special needs people. There are very few things I have seen over the years that need improving!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

My Mother found the Fosters when she needed help before it was an organization. She had them care for my brother while she worked. I believe he was the 5th or 6th child they took in to care for. He was there 49 years.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

to become guardian of another special needs person who had no one to help when needed. To aid in any way possible to continue the quality of the facility.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

2 1/2 years ago I moved from Kentucky to Nashville, Tennessee. I left behind the most fulfilling experience of my life outside of my salvation through Jesus Christ and the birth of my children. I was the Director of Nursing at WFC for a very short four years. I went there with several years experience as a nurse in long term care (nursing home), but I wanted to venture into a new horizon. It took a very few short weeks for me to become acclamated to the absolutely beautiful, state of the art facility and the residents that live there. I must admit, I was apprehensive in the beginning, but soon these guys stole my heart. Even though I knew God wanted us to move to Tennessee it didn't make it any easier when I submitted my resignation. I felt a part of my heart die that day...I cried for the next thirty days. It's been 2 1/2 years since then and it still brings tears to my eyes to just think of how much everyone meant to me, but most of all I miss the unconditional love each resident bestowed on those of us that have and had the rare privilege and honor of being allowed to be a part of their lives. In my new job I often have an opportunity to "advertise" Wendell Fosters Campus to folks seeking a more appropriate placement than a nursing home for their loved one's future residence. When I was in the midst of one of these conversations with a co-worker I began to cry at the very mention of the name Josh, Andrew, John, Robbie, Megan Leigh, etc. The co-worker stated, but Sharon, "you've just got to remember how much you helped change their lives." It was at that moment God made it so very, very clear to me what had really happened and without missing a beat I had to say it, "No, don't you see, I didn't change them.......they...changed me....forever." I could go on and on with this emotional outpouring, but suffice it to say I've never been associated with a more pure hearted, loving, caring and dedicated group of people than those that I knew at Wendell Fosters Campus...both residents and employees. They will forever be in my heart and part of the fabric of my life.

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As you can see from my review my heart has been forever changed by the residents of Wendell Fosters Campus. I use to tell some of the employees to be thankful for where they work because when I would arrive onto the WFC property I felt a spiritual change. I truly felt like I should get out of the car, kneel down and kiss the ground....because without a doubt it was and is on holy ground. This is where I learned what it means to have a servant's heart.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I could be an influence of change my first thought would be to expand to other states. The need is overwhelming and it breaks my heart to see there is very little to offer outside of KY. The facility and organization would have a never ending fountain of funding if I could bring it about. I've never seen any money wasted, yet no one has gone without what was needed. Fiscal responsibility is one of the pillars of WFC..every dollar goes to serve the residents...to give them a life.

Rating: 5 stars  

I have visited and served on committees at Wendell Foster since as far back as 35-40 years. I have an adult disabled daughter whom lives with me and has for 43 years. I have seen Wendell Foster change and grow over these years, and have seen the good that they do and the change in peoples lives that they have made. My own daughter is on the state SCL waiting list, and Wendell Foster is my placement of choice for her when I can no longer care for her.

I am an artist, and this year have done art classes with the Hugh E. Sandefur Work Program at Wendell Foster. I work on a VSA grant through the state of KY and have done so in my hometown of Henderson, where Hugh E. Sandefur Training Center is located, for several years. The staff and clients at Wendell Foster Center program have made me feel welcome, been very helpful, and I have enjoyed getting to know them. More importantly, the director of the work program, and the staff, are very respectful toward the clients, as well.

Wendell Foster does good work, and is deserving of the support of the citizens of Owensboro, as well as surrounding areas.

It is my opinion as a lifelong caregiver and mother of a disabled young woman that Wendell Foster is an excellent facility providing a much needed service to the disabled folks in our midst.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have attended workshops on different topics pertaining to the disabled and their caregivers, which was very informational and well done. Additionally, they have been a provider of information on an individual basis.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more group homes to allow for more of those on state SCL waiting lists to be placed. Also, I would like to see WFC work toward getting some changes made which would effect how the SCL lists are managed.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I am a parent of a disabled child who is an adult now. I have friends with disabled adult children. I see the need. I KNOW the need.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I usually make a donation at the Benefit Dinner each year, and have made other solicited donations as well.

What would you tell others about this organization?

I would and do tell others about Wendell Foster Center often. There are lots of people who have family members, or extended family members, or minimally, know someone who can benefit from the services offered by WFC.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Wendell Fosters Campus is an amazing place to be a part of. The therapies that they offer with all the hands on that the residents or the clients get to have. I don't know very much about the therapies due to the fact that I work in one of the cottages there at Wendell Foster. So I do have a hands on experience all the time with the residents that live there. From my understanding from my residents that I help assist, they enjoy their therapies and the other things that they do during the day. The residents take pride in the new Sensory Park that was just built a little over a year ago.
It is an awesome feeling working in the cottages with the residents. You assist them with daily tasks and hygiene. Plus nothing beats the feeling you get when some one walks in and one of the residents' face just lights up. They really enjoy going out into the community and doing normal everyday things that we do. I love being able to say that I'm a part of the Wendell Foster Campus' Staff. I take pride in my work to help some one work toward a goal that they have set. Nothing beats that feeling when you leave to go home, knowing you have helped those residents work toward a potential goal or helped them set a goal to work toward.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being a Direct Support Professional. Plus taking the residents out into the community to have a good time.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Honestly I don't know of any changes that I would even think of recommending.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

They go out of their way to do what it takes to make a difference in every residents/clients life that they can

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

While not having direct contact from the client standpoint I have had positive contact with the staff and administration.

I have not met a more dedicated or professional group that deal with the special clientel that are served by Wendell Foster Center. They keep themselves up to date and educated so as to provide the best service possible. They also see to it that the participants have input and a say in how things are done. They take great pains to see that the residents are integrated into the Owensboro community.

The center facilities are clean, modern and constructed for the needs of the people they serve. They are constantly looking for ways to enhance the property and the area surrounding it. A recent outdoor park attached to the main facilities allows for the interaction with the outdoors and the relaxation it provides.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Participating in the Board development exercise and in observing their actions in the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to get more funding.

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