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Campus for adults with disabilities celebrates 15 years

It's a safe haven for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and this year they are celebrating their 15th Anniversary.

Breckenridge Village of Tyler serves a group of very special people in a warm, safe family-like setting that promotes individual development and independence.

"This is my home away from home and I get to be around a lot of people who love me," says BVT resident Alex Mehling.

BVT residents are empowered each day on campus.

"Alex is loved and accepted and she's embraced," says Alex's mother, Patti Mehling.

Alex Mehling, who suffers from Autism, has lived at BVT for eight years.
Patti Mehling, says she is comforted knowing her daughter is safe while experiencing independency.

"I know that the care she gets at Breckenridge Village is absolutely equal to what any mother, father, family would give," says Patti. 

BVT offers a variety of activities from candle making, music lessons, and Alex's favorite: art.

"She lets us pick out a subject and my favorite subject is animals and scenery," explains Alex. 

Alex says she volunteers on a weekly basis.

"We go to the nursing home, Pinecrest, to go play bingo with the elderly, which they love us," laughs Alex. 

"All of their lives they have been cared for and people have done for them and for the first time in their life they have an opportunity to give back to the community. So it gives them self-worth and value," says the Director of Development Linda Taylor.

Breckenridge Village will host a ladies spring luncheon on April 19th.

Attendees will enjoy excellent entertainment from the campus residents and will hear from a notable speaker.

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