Brookwood is Christian residential facility for adults with disabilities. They appear to have a pretty nice art gallery, greenhouses and cafe where the residents may work or generate an income. I have not toured Brookwood yet, but it is beyond our family’s means. . . don’t see how with all the “estate planning in the world” we can possibly provide that kind of income for him to be a Brookwoodian.
I’d like to hear what others have to say about Brookwood . . . to me, their marketing seems more God-centered than client-centered, which makes me nervous (especially the empty God/Windsor chair placed throughout the community, to remind people of God’s presence. Yikes, what happens if someone sits in it?).
Here’s the info from their website:
Located in Brookshire, Texas, 40 miles west of downtown Houston, The Brookwood Community is a non-profit (501(c)3) residential facility and vocational program for adults with disabilities.
We see every individual as a unique creation of a wise and loving God, deserving not only of our abiding patience and respect, but of boundless awe. We cherish diversity in all forms and eschew narrow-minded notions of normalcy.
A God-centered educational, residential, and entrepreneurial community for adults with disabilities
Through the Grace of God, The Brookwood Community provides an educational environment that creates meaningful jobs, builds a sense of belonging, and demands dignity and respect for adults with disabilities.
Our campus consists of: Eight group homes, two single-family staff homes, a residential Inn, health and dental clinic, Worship Center, enterprise building, activities and administration building, 47 greenhouses, Gift and Garden Center and the Café at Brookwood, and several other support buildings.
Our programs serve: 110 resident adults (known as Brookwood “citizens”) who are functionally disabled and live at Brookwood 24/7. Another 80 plus adults participate in our day program. The range of diverse needs we help include people with autism spectrum disorders; intellectual disabilities; developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury; dual diagnosis; and/or aging care needs.
Resident & Work Program Tuition
Listed below are the fees associated with Residential and Day Program Citizens. Brookwood strives to provide financial assistance to those in need and to those who qualify.
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$500 Registration (One time fee)
$1,000 Evaluation and Intake (One time fee)
$1,010 Monthly Tuition*
$85 Monthly Bus Fee (not available in Georgetown)
Full Residential Program
$1,000 Registration (One time fee)
$2,000 Evaluation and Intake (One time fee)
$4,400 Monthly Tuition*
*Extra care fees may apply – this will be determined at the intake meeting. Tuition assistance may be available. A financial adviser will perform an analysis based upon complete disclosure of your financial situation and form a recommendation per our Scholarship Committee.
Hope Village is a closed residential community in Friendswood consisting of several homes located on 18 acres across from a golf course. Full-time residential services are available to all individuals whose primary diagnosis is mental retardation and who meet the admission criteria for ages six years through adulthood. Semi-private and private rooms are available and include assistance with the activities of daily living, medication administration, nutritious meals and 24-hour per day supervision and care in one of five homes on the Hope Village campus.
Residents have the opportunity to attend church and Sunday School, bowling, dances, movies, the circus, BBQs at the beach, Astro’s baseball games and various events including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Residents may also enjoy our on-campus outdoor pool during summer months and our recreation center year-round. They have an excellent resale shop and cafe. Villagers sell soap and ceramics made in their workshops.
The Hope Village Developmental Center includes a large work training area, fully equipped kitchen,ceramics manufacturing area, computer lab,gift shop and the Village Cafe. This 14,000 square foot building is home to our Day Program which operates Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 4:00.
In addition to residential services, Hope Village offers respite care and day care. The day program is an integral part of the Hope Village Developmental Center and is a work program licensed by the U.S. Department of Labor. It is designed to develop self-confidence, healthy work ethics and provide a sense of accomplishment. Villagers receive payment on a piece rate scale for each item they complete and each Villager participating in this program is periodically assessed for skill development and mastery. Contracts for services and work to be performed by the Villagers such as packaging, collating, envelope stuffing, sorting and similar work come from businesses in the surrounding communities. We are always looking for more contracts, so if you have a project that you think we could help with, please call 281.482.1663.
Although a foundation for Hope Village is a nonprofit, Hope Village itself is private pay, about $4,000 / month, and as I recall you cannot place a family member there if there is no one who can evacuate him in event of hurricane, or provide for his basic necessities. In other words, this is not the kind of home you can hope to place your adult child into if there is no one to look after him or drop in from time to time.
The Independence Village offers room & board to adults with developmental and/physical disabilities in a comfortable, supervised, family setting. We provide a safe home with private living quarters. Balanced meals and assistance as needed with daily responsibilities. We encourage independence and promote community integration by maintaining an active presence in the area, holding fundraisers and participating in area events.
Our privately funded non-profit residence cares for approximately Twenty five residents ranging in age from 20 to 70 years. Our residents are individuals with Down Syndrome, developmental disabilities, or brain injury who need minimal assistance in their daily living. Some of our residents are employed either part-time or full-time.
Although each individual has the opportunity and is encouraged to participate in the community in many ways, the place they call “home” is their Independence Village. The Village includes large suites with living rooms, spacious closets and built in chest of drawers, bathrooms designed for the physically challenged, as well as community areas including a large den and entertainment center. For over 20 years Independence Village staff members have provided a loving and caring home where a family atmosphere is encouraged and fostered. You are invited to visit us anytime and let us show you the comfort and hospitality at the Village. Call us to make an appointment : (409) 935-4335.
Resident Eligibility Requirement
Applicants for residence at Independence Village must:
• Be 18 years old or older
• Have a primary diagnosis of Developmental Disability, Down Syndrome,
and/or a Physical Disability.
• Be ambulatory (inclusive of self-mobility with adaptive equipment).
• Be able to actively participate in a day program (work, training, volunteering, etc).
• Be able to self-medicate with supervision.
• Be able to communicate needs and understand instruction.
• Be capable of accomplishing self-help tasks with minimal or no assistance.
• Be free of disease (communicable or otherwise contagious) which could endanger other residents.
• Be without mental health problems or any major emotional/behavior problems.
• Spacious Residential Suites
• Well Balanced Meals and Supplemental Snacks
• Limited Transportation
• Twenty-four hour Staffing to assist with everyday living needs
• Activities and Entertainment
• Most of all a loving, caring family environment
I wanted to say that I visited Marbridge yesterday (1/23/2017) and spoke with Barbara Bush–easy name for Texans to remember. I didn’t take a full tour, just inquired about financing for someone to live at Marbridge. It now comes to about $3650 month and HCS doesn’t pay for it. Marbridge is a cheaper option than Brookwood, which is $5,000 month.
The reality is that private facilities (congregate homes) are beyond the means of most families, which cannot accumulate enough wealth to place their adult child in a campus assisted-living setting for the rest of his adult life.
While I did not take a tour, I drive around. The campus was nice and well-maintained.( I also had the opportunity to eavesdrop on a staff meeting.) This is a good place. Employment opportunities, classes, excursions and activities keep life structured and everyone busy.
Marbridge is a private residential facility for adults, ages 18 and older with cognitive disabilities. We have residents from all over the United States. Our campus is 170 acres comprising of three interlocked communities.
The lowest level of independence is the skilled nursing level, the Villa. This is 24-hr a day nursing care. The Villa accepts major insurances, Medicare, and Medicaid as payment. Residents at the Villa need high levels of assistance in their daily living activities, (showering, dressing, toileting, feeding, etc.).
The next level of independence is our assisted living community, the Ranch. Residents at the Ranch require 24 hour supervision, but are independent in most daily activities; can toilet, shower, and dress themselves, but may not be able to do laundry or cook. Residents in this campus have a daily schedule that centers around a training and education program customized to their abilities and goals. Their living arrangements are configured in a dormitory-style setting in which two residents share a room and a bathroom. There is a common rec room and a common eating area.
The highest level of independent living is that experienced by the residents of the Village. The Village consists of 15 cottages. Each cottage contains 3, two-bedroom suites. Six residents reside in each cottage. The residents here have a schedule as well, but their schedules revolve around their employment schedules with training classes scattered in.
Both the assisted living level and the independent living levels are private pay. If a resident receives a monthly benefit income from social security, disability or veteran benefits, those funds may be applied directly to the monthly tuition, and the family will be responsible for the remaining balance.
The monthly tuition for the Ranch is $3040/month, and the tuition for the Village is $3,095/month. Tuition covers room and board, all training and education classes, an individual program plan, 24-hour supervision, and basic nursing care.
We have two full-time employment coordinators on staff here that assist the residents in finding appropriate job opportunities, and making sure that they get job skills training. Our training and education program runs three semesters a year, with two to three week breaks in between for home visits or travel. The minimum stay for a Marbridge resident is four years, which is usually a good time frame in which to see achievement of goals.
Many families utilize Marbridge as a four year college like experience for their loved one. Nobody on the Marbridge campus drives, although several residents have licenses. We provide transportation to the resident’s work, town trips, special activities, and medical appointments.
Marbridge also offers a Summer camp. Summer camp is a great way for potential residents to get a taste of Marbridge life.
We offered eight, one-week camp sessions this summer (2014) to choose from. I hope this was helpful, please feel free to contact me with any other questions you might have. We can provide you with a campus tour Monday through Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM.
The Sean Ashley House, located in Houston, is a Texas not-for-profit (501c3) organization designed to provide “model” homes for individuals with autism, blindness, mental retardation, and/or multiple disabilities.
The Sean Ashley House accepts individuals of any age who meet the criteria of the HCS program guidelines. Funding may also be made privately or through a variety of other agencies.
The Sean Ashley House Group Homes are all located in the southwest part of Houston, primarily in the Westbury Subdivision. Our homes are typical homes in the community. Our homes have three to four people living in each home and are staffed 24 hours day.
Go to their website to learn more. Residents live in typical neighborhood houses like the kind we grew up in, in a neighborhood setting.
This is all that they say they do:
Residential Support Services
Supported Home Living
HCS Foster Care
Speech Language Pathology
Minor Home Modifications