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Marbridge Enters 60th Year of Caring for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Date:1/15/2013

AUSTIN, Texas (PRWEB) January 15, 2013

The Marbridge Community will mark its 60th year of existence in 2013 with a variety of on-campus events that will commemorate several decades of its history. For 2013, the community has adopted a “You Don’t Know Until You Go” invitation to families with special needs loved ones, as well as interested organizations and business leaders to visit the campus in southwest Austin.

To make visits quick and convenient, Marbridge hosts a one-hour information session and tour on the second Thursday of each month. Called JAM Sessions, meaning “Just About Marbridge,” the presentation provides a short history and an overview of the organization’s mission as well as information about life at Marbridge told by residents, volunteers, board members and staff. To reserve a spot at an upcoming JAM Session, contact Suzanne Johnson at 512-282-1144, or visit http://www.marbridge.org and register via email.

Other planned events for 2013 include a 1950s sockhop, a groovy 1960s outdoor block party and a World of Opportunities Expo that will showcase resources available for families with loved ones that have special needs.

“Until they visit Marbridge, most people have no idea what a dynamic community we are,” said James Stacey, president. “In 2013, we will devote part of our year to celebrating the memories of the past and by honoring our founders, Ed and Marge Bridges.”

The Bridges founded Marbridge on June 1, 1953 to provide an alternative to institutional care for their only child, Jim, who had intellectual disabilities. The original ranch house that provided a home for Jim and six other young men with cognitive challenges still stands in the center of t
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