By Michele Newhouse
Special to the News-Standard
TRINITY — In a world where worries and stress has seemed to take over, Inspiration Village has kept its family strong and full of hope.
IV is a non-profit organization formed back in 2005 on a 90-acre ranch in the hopes of helping individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities live and work with dignity and become as independent as their abilities allow.
At the beginning of the COVID pandemic, things were a little slow as just a few of the clients came, but now the village is almost back to 100 percent attendance and all the clients are happy the Village family is back together.
There have been some major changes too along the way. In the pasture you will see the first new client residential home.
There are plans for more client residential homes as the second home is under construction. They have added a woodworking shop where some beautiful wooden art projects such as crosses and other items are being constructed. They also have plans to open a gift shop in which the clients will have hands on experience in working in retail and socialization skills. Of course, they are still enjoying the ranch atmosphere as they participate in general animal care with the chickens, cows, miniature horses and pigs.
In the spring and summer, the clients grow a plentiful garden full of vegetables in which they take care of everyday during the week. The greenhouse also gives the clients the opportunity to start with seedlings where they learn how to care for specific varieties of plants and seeds.
Last but certainly not least, the kitchen group prepares delicious lunches. Every month that group gets to plan menus, delicious bake sales in which there is a variety of awesome treats and even dog goodies. The clients learn valuable lessons on how to budget for grocery shopping as they go shopping and even learn how to eat healthier.
Inspiration Village is “A Residential Ranch Inspired by Special People With Special Needs.” It only costs $20 a day which includes transportation to and from the Village. This service is offered to those in need in Huntsville, Riverside, Crockett, Trinity Groveton and surrounding areas.
You are invited to come and tour our Village home. We are always welcoming new clients. Just give us a call at (936) 594-1588 to let us know you are coming. Also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Inspiration-Village-129248457115123.