Richmond State Supported Living Center Celebrates 50 Years

Monday, April 16, 2018
Charles Smith, Executive Commissioner
John Reynolds, 512-424-6951

The Richmond State Supported Living Center is celebrating the center’s 50 years of service this month and will be the focus of an April 17 Volunteer Services Council celebration and brunch event for elected officials to learn more about the staff’s work at the facility.

"This campus is a vibrant community where we help people develop the skills to pursue their dreams and live as independently as possible. As we move into the next 50 years, we will continue to get better," said Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith. "Our dedicated employees are the backbone of this center and will continue to comfort, serve and care for our residents."

Opened April 15, 1968, on a 241-acre site located on the banks of the Brazos River and donated by The George Foundation, the Richmond SSLC provides 24-hour comprehensive health care and habilitation services to 324 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Other services include skills training; occupational, physical and speech therapies; and recreational care such as the services offered at the center’s Therapeutic Riding Center.

The Volunteer Services Council will host the April 17 brunch, which will feature a keynote presentation from Executive Commissioner Smith.

The theme for the celebration is "Enriching the Lives of the People We Serve for 50 Years." Other events planned for the anniversary weekend included: the Richmond Ramble 5k Run, Walk, or Roll, presented by OCuSOFT, and a Family Homecoming Picnic, sponsored in part by The Swinging Door and H-E-B.

WHAT: Richmond SSLC 50th anniversary celebration, featuring an information session and brunch for invited elected officials with a keynote presentation from Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith, followed by guided tours of the center.

WHEN: April 17, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The information session and brunch begins at 10 a.m. with the guided tours to follow. Members of the press are invited to attend the brunch and information session, and to participate in guided tours.

WHERE: Richmond SSLC, 2100 Preston St., Richmond