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The HandsOn Program of Mission Road provides quality residential care and day activities for persons who are deaf-blind with multiple disabilities. The services are designed for individualized training that facilitates the acquisition and/or enhancement of skills in communication, personal care, daily living skills and recreation. Services are provided in the least restrictive environment while promoting the safety, care and welfare of all participants.

Mission Road Developmental Center HandsOn program officially opened August 1, 2016.

 to read the official HandsOn overview including our mission, vision and values for the program along with a brief history.

Background on HandsOn

HandsOn was founded by Goodwill Industries in 1988 and operated under the program name, Hilltop. The mission was, and has continued to be, committed to providing quality residential care and day activities for persons who are deaf-blind and have multiple disabilities. The Hilltop program was operated until 2004 when Goodwill determined that it no longer fit within their mission and program focus. HandsOn was chartered as a Texas non-profit corporation in March 2004 and continued the mission of Hilltop. The program has always been focused on providing specialized services that enrich the lives of its participants and enhances their Quality of Life through care, training, and supervision. Participants must have a diagnosis of legal blindness, a hearing impairment that affects their speech, and a disabling condition that affects their independent functioning. They must also meet the criteria of Medicaid Eligibility. The program serves 24 persons who meet the criteria.

Background on Mission Road Developmental Center

Mission Road was founded in September 1947 to serve the growth and development needs of children and adults with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (formerly known as mental retardation). Today it serves 384 persons in its various residential programs, non-residential programs, and day activity programs. The consistent focus of Mission Road Developmental Center is to help those with IDD realize their potential for Independence, Productivity, and Inclusion/Acceptance by recognizing their potential rather than their limitations. Since 2000, Mission Road Developmental Center has been a part of the Mission Road Ministries Family of Agencies.

Background on Mission Road Ministries

Mission Road Ministries is a family of agencies that includes the programming agencies Mission Road Developmental Center, Unicorn Centers, Independence Square, Murray Manor, and Meadow Brook. It currently serves 775 children and adults with intellectual developmental disabilities. MRM provides the administrative support to the five (5)  programming agencies thereby avoiding redundant costs and allowing program leadership to devote all of their time, energy, and talents to offering high quality dynamic program services in an environment that is safe and secure for both clients and staff.

The Board of HandsOn believes that this combination ensures the long term viability and sustainability of HandsOn as a long term program provider for those who are deaf and blind with multiple disabilities. The former HandsOn Board shared their gratefulness to Gay Bellamy for the leadership she has provided since the program’s inception in 1988 and expressed their excitement that she continues to lead the HandsOn Program within Mission Road Developmental Center.

The Board of Mission Road Developmental Center believes that this combination allows it to further diversify the array of evolving services it provides to individuals in the IDD Community through a program that is clearly within its Mission of helping individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities grow, develop, and reach their full potential.

Both Boards are grateful for the Leadership of the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation for the pivotal and vital role it played in facilitating this combination. 

The benefits of brining HandsOn into Mission Road Developmental Center as a dedicated client program are two-fold: 

  • Mission Road Ministries provides the administrative support consisting of Finance/Accounting/Payroll, Human Resources, Facility Maintenance, Marketing/Development/PR, and Corporate Administration to the HandsOn Program. This support allows HandsOn to avoid the redundant costs that it had incured as an independent agency, and allows its program leader, Gay Bellamy, to devote all of her time and energy to offering quality care, growth, and development to the HandsOn clients in an environment that is safe and secure for the clients and staff.
  • Elimination of the overhead cost burden and the negative impact it has on the viability and sustainability of HandsOn as a long term program provider for the DBMD community.

The benefit to Mission Road is to further diversify the array of evolving services we provide to individuals in the IDD Community with a program that is clearly within our Mission of helping individuals with developmental disabilities achieve their full individual potential for Independence, Productivity, and Inclusion/Acceptance in the community where they reside.

 to email Gay Bellamy, Director, HandsOn of Mission Road

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