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