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The staff and clients of Inspiration Village, a ranch for mentally challenged adolescents and adults. The camp will close its operation Feb. 24.  Courtesy photoThe staff and clients of Inspiration Village, a ranch for mentally challenged adolescents and adults. The camp will close its operation Feb. 24. Courtesy photo

By Connie Price
Special to the News-Standard

TRINITY — Because of new regulations passed by the state, Inspiration Village, a working ranch for mentally challenged adolescents and adults, will shutter its operation.

The ranch has been open and serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities from Trinity, Houston, Walker, San Jacinto, and Polk counties since 2010.

After a great amount of research, my husband and I began this journey we call Inspiration Village in 2004 when we purchased the property and began creating a wonderful family.

Now, due to new state regulations and mandates, IV will not be able to remain open; we cannot afford the requirements.

The last day at the village will be Feb. 24.

There are so many I need to thank for their support over the years. Thanks so much to the current Board of Directors — President Brenda Young, Vice President Mary Ann Newhouse, Secretary-Treasurer David Price and members Dorothy Franklin, Larry Barak, Cindy Hays, Tommy Hays, Crystal Killingsworth and Laural Sorensen.

I would like to thank past members Diana Barak, Larry and Sherry Small, Daniel Lazano, Sharon Dennis and Mike Fulsom, who served as an active member and is now a consulting member.

There are so many individuals, organizations, and many in our community that have supported the village over the years. I wish I could name you all but thank you so much for your support and encouragement.

I also must thank my co-workers at ETMC Trinity Hospital who listened to me constantly talk about our plans and the village as it progressed.

Mostly, I want to thank the families of the individuals we serve. You have trusted us over the years to care for a very special member of your family.

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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Carla · 9 months ago
    Had I known I would have been readily available to help out. I may not be able to do anything financially but as a nurse I can bring so much to the table. 
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    William Brown · 8 months ago
    So sad, Sorry to hear this!
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    Olga · 9 months ago
    Can any thing be done to help your cause?   Please let me know I am a great campaigner 
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    James W DeBoard · 9 months ago
    As usual, when the government gets involved in anything it goes to crap or is so costly or burdensom that it cant continue. In the mean time the one who really need this care is left out!
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    Cheryl · 9 months ago
     The mentally challenged kids and adults need places that offer an atmosphere they can overcome objections, feel comfortable and learn at their pace, a pride in themselves of accomplishments.