BVT is a Christian residential and Day Program community offering a wide variety of services to adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Our goal is to provide quality services that meet the unique needs of the individuals entrusted to our care. The BVT “LEAP” Day Program is designed to help residents achieve and maintain developmentally appropriate skills which enable them to function successfully in family, group living, and community settings. “LEAP” stands for Learning, Experiencing, Achieving, and Providing – all areas that we highly emphasize within our program. We are dedicated to empowering each individual to develop spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially in a safe, loving, and closely supervised environment.
BVT administrators ensure that both our professional staff and the services we offer are focused on meeting the needs of individuals being served. BVT employs persons who have good professional credentials, experience in their respective fields of expertise, and the special qualities needed to work creatively with our residents. BVT staff seeks to employ persons with degrees or experience in special education, counseling, pastoral care, nursing, social work, and business administration. Staff consults as needed with other professionals in the community to enhance the quality of care our residents receive.
A Growth Environment
The total environment at BVT is designed to help residents learn and remember the skills they need to function adequately, adapt to daily realities, be of service to others, and achieve their God-given potential. A number of processes combine to provide residents maximum opportunity for growth and development:
- Experiencing a broad range of creative avenues for self-expression such as athletics, dance, drama, arts, crafts, and music.
- Relating meaningful to others through supervised group experiences.
- Practicing life skills such as grooming, brushing teeth, washing clothes, counting money, paying for purchases, and using computers.
- Practicing social skills such as table manners, ordering from a menu in restaurants, and acting appropriately when in the community.
- Working together and helping others through hands-on involvement in pre-vocational and community service projects.
This multifaceted environment nurtures self-esteem and enhances self-expression and recognizes the individuality of each resident of BVT.
Services plans to meet the specific needs of individual residents are developed and implemented by BVT staff through a variety of methods, including:
- Establishing clear rules of group and individual behavior,
- Following consistent daily rituals and routines,
- Offering choices and options in daily activities,
- Rewarding cooperative behaviors
Administrative and day program staff collaborate on identifying strategies and techniques that are effective in promoting self-care and self-management for our residents.
The tranquil 70-acre campus of Breckenridge Village is located just west of Tyler, Texas among the tall trees and rolling hills of scenic East Texas. Campus facilities include nine residential homes, a chapel, an administrative building, a health center, a vocational center, a swimming pool, a physical fitness room, a computer lab, an RV park, indoor activity areas, a pavilion, a greenhouse, and plenty of room for outdoor activities. Excellent facilities are tools which enable us to offer a wide range of services that meet the individual needs of our residents.
Spiritual Development begins with BVT staff members interacting with residents in a manner that is consistent with Christian values and principles. Residents attend a daily chapel service Monday through Friday. Residents who live on campus also attend Sunday church services with transportation and staff supervision provided to Green Acres Baptist Church or with transportation arranged by family to the church of the individual’s choice. The BVT choir sings frequently in area churches and nursing homes and before senior citizen groups and community gatherings. Residents are not coerced into any specific belief system but rather are nurtured and encouraged to develop their own personal faith. Our staff members are respectful of the religious diversity of our residents.
Health and Medical services include daily administration of all medications, transportation to health care appointments (residential only), and monitoring of non-urgent health concerns. These services are rendered on a daily basis through the capable BVT medical team consisting of a full-time Registered Nurse, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Medical Assistant, and a local physician who serves as Medical Director (consultant) on medical policies and procedures. The RN trains all direct care staff in administering medications to residents, provides routine assessment of health concerns, and manages the campus clinic. All BVT staff members are trained in CPR and First Aid.
Day Program activities Monday through Friday provide residents at BVT multiple opportunities for learning and practicing life skills, functioning academics, basic vocational or pre-vocational skills, and social skills. Staff helps residents learn to interact appropriately with other persons on campus and in community settings. Life Skills training focuses on the functional tasks of daily living and social skills such as reading common signs, appropriate/healthy relationships, safety concerns, and caring for personal hygiene needs. Residents work on academic skills at a level appropriate to their ability.
Community Integration focuses on skills residents need to function appropriate in off-campus activities such as going to church services, eating in a restaurant, shopping at a retail store, or doing volunteer work. Vocational Training provides opportunity for development of basic job skills such as folding, assembling, labeling, taking inventory, packaging, taking orders, and making deliveries. While working in the campus candle shop, residents are learning to pour wax, label jars, fill orders, and box finished candles. Those who assist in the greenhouse learn valuable horticulture skills in appropriately caring for plants, inventory, and making deliveries.
Individual Support and Coping skills are provided by in house professionals on a situational basis to those residents capable of participating productively. When a resident is having a difficult time due to grief, separation from family, anxiety, or concerns about relationships, BVT staff provide a listening ear, constructive feedback, encouragement, and options for coping more satisfactorily.
Recreation and Exercise are integral parts of BVT daily and weekly routines. BVT has a fully functioning physical fitness room with various machines to help residents become healthier and stronger; residents are encouraged to exercise at least 30 minutes a day within the day program. BVT also has a fully fenced swimming pool for regular use during the day program and for leisure use at scheduled times during the Summer months. Water aerobics, walking, and other organized activities encourage residents to stay physically fit. Residents bowl frequently in the Family Life Center at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler. Residents also enjoy community outings such as shopping, going to the movies, and taking field trips to area attractions such as museums, the Tyler Zoo, the Athens Fish Hatchery, Texas Rangers Baseball Games and other sites of interest.
BVT also employs a Day Program Coordinator who is responsible for the various recreational activities on and off campus, including participation in Special Olympics and various sporting events around our community.
Community Service opportunities for residents include regular volunteer work with Meals on Wheels, the East Texas Food Bank, Green Acres Baptist Church, Jesus Closet, and other area non-profit organizations. Residents benefit from the experience of serving others in need, gain a sense of productivity, and take pride in their accomplishments through frequent involvement in a variety of community service projects. Through involvement in community service, the residents of BVT experience the joy of giving of themselves by helping others in need.
Placement within the Day Program
Placement within the BVT Day Program begins with a tour of the facility and an application packet submitted by the family. Once the Admissions Team reviews the application packet, a decision will be made regarding placement. If placement is deemed appropriate for the individual, a Pre-Placement visit will be offered, pending availability, to determine if placement is acceptable for the individual. The Pre-Placement visit consists of a 3-5 day visit within the BVT day program at no charge. If availability within the day program is not achievable at the time of submitting the application, the individual will be placed on the BVT “Interest List.” The family will be contacted when an opening becomes available.
Placement within the BVT Day Program is offered at 5 days a week, 3 days a week, and 2 days a week. For pricing information, please contact Marque Robinson at 903-596-8100 or MRobinson@BreckenridgeVillage.net. Please visit www.BreckenridgeVillage.com for more information about BVT’s services.
Complete the application form to apply for Day Habilitation Services.