Senatobia, the county seat of Tate County is home to The Baddour Center, a community for adults with intellectual disabilities. The Baddour Center was founded in 1978 by the Paul Baddour family (who started Fred's Dollar Stors). At that time, more than 71% of adults with intellectual disabilies lived in large, state-run institutions.
The Baddour Center campus off of Hwy 51 in Senatobia consists of approximately 120 acres and is home to more than 170 adults. The center provides its residents a way to learn, to succeed and a way to inspire others.
Residential services range from supervised group homes to independent, on-campus apartments. The residences have spacious bedrooms, private baths, a central living room and kitchen. In addition to residential services, they also provide for day-client services.
The community life programs help to provide residents to develop and improve social skills, physical fitness, special talents, and spiritual growth.
In addition to life skills training, the Baddour Center provides classroom training and computer lab. They have vocational work progrms including contracts with FedEx and an on-campus retail garden center. The garden center is well-known around the area for fantastic varieties and healthy plants. They also have ornamental items for your garden.
One of the better known programs of the Baddour Center is a group of talented singers called The Miracles. This group is made up of residents and the tour extensively, sharing their talents and informing others of the work of the Baddour Center.
Many recreational activities are available, both on and off campus such as: Broadway musicals, spectator sports, shopping, movies, and Special Olympics. The center has a Resident Government Association which is a self-advocay group sponsored by Community Life. They have annual elections for officers and representatives are chosen.
The Baddour Center is associated with the United Methodist Church and is truly a great asset to Tate County. For more information, visit their website HERE.
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Pam Simpson is an Assoc. Broker with Bob Leigh & Associates, LLC in Northwest MS. Copyright© 2008 by Pam Simpson. All rights reserved...***Tate County Gem - The Baddour Center***
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