Introduction

Exciting News Coming 2021

Exciting News Coming 2021

Exciting News Coming 2021: Announcing the Future Douglas R. Mehling II Center

Concept drawing for the future Douglas R. Mehling II Center

After more than 20 years of carrying on the dream of Mrs. Jean Breckenridge, the programs and services of Breckenridge Village of Tyler (BVT), an East Texas residential and day program facility for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has grown exponentially. Currently BVT has an active $5 Million capital campaign for what will be the Douglas R. Mehling II Center. Expected to break ground in 2021, this new multipurpose building will house much-needed event and program space, greatly expanding the Village’s ability to provide valuable day program services to individuals in the community and beyond.

A very generous $2.2 Million gift from the Mehling family, $1 million from the Baugh Foundation and $250,000 from longtime, anonymous supporters of BVT, as well as many other generous gifts have contributed to the success of the campaign thus far, however $1.4 Million remains to be raised to reach the campaign goal.

There are many other opportunities still available for the public with this exciting project:

  • Sponsor the foyer (sofa, single chair, coffee table, wall décor, miscellaneous furniture needed)
  • Sponsor furnishings for the classrooms (computers, padded chairs, tables, desks, wall décor, storage cabinets, classroom supplies needed)
  • Sponsor the patio space (patio furniture, benches, bistro tables, miscellaneous items needed)
  • Sponsor the conference room (table, chairs, wall decor,  miscellaneous decor needed)
  • Sponsor the hallway (decor needed)
  • Contribute printing, display cases, or other furnishings to the history room
  • Volunteer your company’s expertise and resources
  • Make an in-kind donation
  • Make a financial gift of love in honor or in memory of a loved one

If you’re interested in purchasing or donating any of the furnishings mentioned above, please reach out to Linda Taylor. If you would like to sponsor an entire room,  a plaque will be displayed in honor of your generous gift.

Concept drawing for the future Douglas R. Mehling II Center

For more ways to get involved in the incredible work at Breckenridge Village, please contact Linda Taylor at LTaylor@BreckenridgeVillage.com or call 903.596.8100

For information about our Residential or Day Program services, please visit our website www.BreckenridgeVillage.com

 

Our Story

Photo: Jean and Jimmy Breckenridge
Mrs. Jean Breckenridge with her young son, Jimmy

Breckenridge Village of Tyler, a residential community with an enriching day program, serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and has provided services to hundreds. BVT has become a beacon of hope for many families, both locally and across the nation.

With a Christ-centered focus, the mission of BVT is to provide a warm, safe, family-like setting that empowers each person as he or she develops spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially in a safe, loving, and closely supervised environment.

Jean and Jimmy Breckenridge
Mrs. Jean Breckenridge with her son, Jimmy

BVT was born from the heart of a Mother named Mrs. Jean Breckenridge, whom had a special needs son named Jimmy. For many years Mrs. Jean yearned for a facility like Breckenridge Village of Tyler; a wholesome, nurturing place that would offer its residents not just a good existence, but an exceptional life. She could find nowhere that answered her heart’s cry. In the matter of a few short months she suffered the loss of both her husband and eldest son, Bob Jr., and her yearning desire to have Jimmy looked after became an urgent need.

Even in the aftermath of her tragic loss and hearing the words “I’m sorry, but I can’t help you” over and over, Mrs. Jean’s tenacity and strong will would not let her give up on her dream, and she approached Green Acres Baptist Church about the possibility of building a home for persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Dr. David Dykes then introduced Mrs. Jean to Mr. Kevin Dinnin, President and CEO of BCFS. Kevin was inspired by her vision and passion to make her dream a reality.

Residents enjoying a visit from Therapet
Residents enjoying a visit from Therapet

Mrs. Jean contributed her land and all her earthly possessions, and under the leadership of Mr. Dinnin and the partnership of the Texas Baptist Men Retiree Builders (TBM), Breckenridge Village opened its doors to house adults with developmental disabilities in April of 1998. Thanks to Mrs. Jean’s gift of love, BCFS, and TBM, Breckenridge Village of Tyler exists today to carry on the vision of Mrs. Jean Breckenridge and the Breckenridge family.

Residents volunteering to package supplies for Mercy Ships
Residents enjoying BVT event “A Night to Remember”
Residents enjoying a special DQ treat given by generous donors
Residents preparing to board the Polar Express for fun in their pj’s