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YOUR Summer Program 2017 recap

“Whatever you do, do it as service to [God], and He will guarantee your success.” Proverbs 16:3 (VOICE) At the beginning of 2017, I selected the verse above and used Bible Gateway to read nearly every version available in order to determine which one I liked best before writing it on a bright colored paper and posting it on my office door. Certain words popped out to me for being simple yet powerful: whatever, service, guarantee, and success. I wanted to remember this entire year... Read More
Posted by Cassie Smith at Monday, July 31, 2017 | 0 comments

Spring/Summer sports update

May ended a very busy spring! We had Track and Field and the Summer State games, which consisted of volleyball, tennis, swimming, and powerlifting. June is a time to slow down for us. Golf and bowling are the only sports we are playing this month. We bowl on Tuesday and golf on Wednesday and Thursday. Our June golf tournament is scheduled to be held at Glen Eagle in Millington on June 26. We have two athletes going to the National Golf Tournament in Seattle, Washington. Jeremiah Doane and... Read More
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A Pitch for Volunteerism

Our new Director of Advancement shared yesterday this piece of information about Volunteerism… Helping others kindles happiness, as many studies have demonstrated. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness in a large group of American adults, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were, according to a study in Social Science and Medicine. Compared with people who never volunteered, the... Read More
Posted by Parke Pepper at Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | 0 comments

"How would you feel?" Improving Social Skills in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Yolie and I hold up photos of individuals with various facial expressions, and I ask the group, "How would you feel if someone gave you a compliment?" Several hands shoot up into the air and point at the various photos, and most point towards a photo of a young man with a smiling expression. "That's right! If someone gives us a compliment, we feel happy!" This brief interaction is a snapshot into our weekly lessons with some of the residents at The Baddour Center.... Read More
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Home is Where the Heart is and Love Abounds

The month of February is widely considered by some to be the month of “love”, so what better time to blog about all of the many reasons myself and others love The Baddour Center? It is quite an easy topic for someone who has spent the better part of her life living and loving all things Baddour!  While the word “love” can be defined in so many different ways, it has always been clear to me that love is a never ending story of an open book and experiences. With... Read More
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Baddour Proudly Partners with Upward Basketball

Our Baddour Center Leadership Team sat at a conference table in the fall of 2008, deliberating the pros and cons of hosting the local Upward Basketball Program on campus in our gym.  Is the gym available?  Should we charge the churches and participants a fee?  Can and will residents attend the games?  Are we equipped to handle that many visitors?  More importantly, what good does this do Baddour?  What’s the liability to Baddour?  And so on.  ... Read More
Posted by Parke Pepper at Friday, January 20, 2017 | 0 comments

Happy New Year!

Dear Friends, The 2016 chapter in Baddour Center history is closed; and, looking back, we experienced many highlights.  Among the many include: Welcoming 4 new directors to our Senior Leadership Team. Jennie Lou Pryor – Director of Health Services April Caccavano – Director Residential Services Richie Ayers – Director of Physical Plant Kristin Goode – Director of Education and Behavior Supports YOUR Summer Program reaching... Read More
Posted by Parke Pepper at Friday, January 20, 2017 | 0 comments

Having fun in the Mississippi sun

I feel like a school-age child all over again. In April of this year, I started wishing that the sweet freedom of summertime would hurry up and get here. I was checking my mailbox every single day to see if a new Summer Program application was in there, ordering this and that to make sure we had enough supplies, and having planning meetings with fellow co-workers who would reassure me that summer was just around the corner. Just as they said, summer did arrive in all of its heat and haste. Now,... Read More
Posted by Cassie Smith at Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | 0 comments

Baddour E&R to Host Autism Workshop

Today, almost everyone knows someone who has a diagnosis of Autism.  For parents, teachers, and human service providers, knowing this about a person is an important first step in understanding how to meet his or her needs.  However, “Autism” is not a thing.  It is just a label, and it applies to a wide spectrum of characteristics that look different from person to person.  At one end of this spectrum, the diagnosis describes people who may have average to... Read More
Posted by Mary Algee at Monday, February 22, 2016 | 0 comments

What You Need to Know About Music Therapy

Hi, I am Jodie Ross, the board certified music therapist at The Baddour Center. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music from Mississippi University for Women in 2010. I completed my six-month internship at The Baddour Center and have been here ever since! At Baddour, I am mostly seen directing the Wonder Player productions or the creative movement group, Hearts in Motion, but my main job duty is to provide music therapy services to the residents of Baddour.  Have you ever heard of... Read More
Posted by Mary Algee at Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | 0 comments

Are you looking for a Summer Program for People with Intellectual Disabilities?

The Baddour Center is hosting its second YOUR Summer Program in 2016. You’re probably wondering what YOUR stands for: Your Opportunity for a Unique Respite. At The Baddour Center, we believe every person whom we serve should live a safe and fulfilling life, and that life includes the participants (ages 16-35) who join us for a week of respite in the sweet summertime!      Week 1…June 5-10, 2016 (female participants)   Week 2…June 19-24, 2016... Read More
Posted by Mary Algee at Wednesday, January 13, 2016 | 0 comments

Employee Service and Happy Thanksgiving

We aim to accomplish three things with this post.    First , we want to formally recognize and thank 17 Baddour Center employees whom were recognized late last week during our annual Employee Recognition Service.  These employees include:  Bonnie Alexander and Zach Shackleford – 5 years; Venois Boyce, Julie Hanks, Earlene Holts, Regina Hudson, Constance Reed, Lacey Thornton, Henry Till, Cindy Trainum, and Linette Walters – 10 years; Rosie Bland – 15... Read More
Posted by Mary Algee at Wednesday, November 25, 2015 | 0 comments

Homecoming – Always A Favorite

I’ve held onto this post longer than I should.  In the last post, we spoke of our annual Homecoming and Family Weekend.  At the end, I commented that Homecoming is my favorite Baddour Center event and indicated that I would share more soon about why that is.   It is because nowhere else will you find a “spirit tree.”  In keeping with our Mardi Gras-style Homecoming theme, we used a bucket truck to decorate, hanging beads and masquerade masks... Read More
Posted by Mary Algee at Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | 0 comments

Homecoming-Family Weekend 2015

Hello Friends.  I see our last blog post is dated July 2.  Guess that means we’ll have to pick up our game.  I advise you to not correlate blog activity and Baddour Center activity.  As little as there is of the former, there is plenty of the latter.   So, let’s talk about an upcoming activity.    This weekend (October 30 – November 1), Baddour is hosting its 2nd Annual Homecoming and Family Weekend.  We’ve actually hosted... Read More
Posted by Mary Algee at Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | 0 comments

Considering a Home

What should you be seeking when considering a home for your loved one?  The same things we all want, right?  We can read your mind…a BIG television, granite countertops, and comfortable couch or chair, possibly a small garden in the back, among other things.  Let’s face it…some of you might find these particular things appealing; others, not so much.   It’s not reasonable to expect everyone in a home to like or want the same stuff. ... Read More
Posted by Mary Algee at Thursday, July 2, 2015 | 0 comments

What Is The Baddour Center?

What is the Baddour Center The Baddour Center is a model residential community for adults with intellectual disabilities located in Senatobia, Miss. just 35 miles south of Memphis, Tenn. Located on 120 acres of rolling countryside, the center offers specialized services and programs that promote intellectual, physical, social, emotional, vocational and spiritual growth to 170 residents and day clients. On-campus residential options range from supervised living in one of the 14... Read More
Posted by Mary Algee at Tuesday, June 16, 2015 | 0 comments