ABOUT US/OUR MISSION
Big Hearts provides an inclusive day program for aging adults & adults with intellectual & developmental disabilites by fostering independence through impactful educational, social, recreational, and vocational initiatives.
Our mission is to help individuals with Intellectual & developmental dissabilities & aging adults learn and attain the skills needed to be as independent as possible.
Arts & Crafts
Art therapy provides our clients with a creative outlet to express their feelings. It also provides for a sense of pride and ownership of their finished projects. Additionally their finished product can be used as a gift for a friend or a loved one.
Functional Independence helps our clients retain real life skills which take place at our Day Habilitation Center as well as out in the community. These skills will help our clients maintain a level of independence and success which are used to assist skill development, and daily living skills.
Life Skills are the skills needed in order to cope effectively with situations that occur in our everyday life. We work on these skills daily. Some of the basic skills that we work on are cooking skills, housekeeping skills, calendar skills, effective communicating, basic technology skills, safety skills, money management, etc.
Daily exercise will be integrated to help maintain a sense of wellbeing. Each client will be assessed by a certified personal trainer and a plan will be developed for his/her capabilities.
Applied Music is most of our client’s favorite activity. It has many positive benefits. When singing and/or playing musical instruments, this aids with the active part of the brain whereas, when listening or dancing to music helps with the receptive part of the brain. Music can reduce stress, help with self-esteem, help with verbal communication and coping skills.
Community involvements an intracule part of our Day Habilitation Center. This is where our clients exercise certain skills learned. Our clients will explore different restaurants, libraries, museums and places of recreation.
Social skills help to bridge the communication gap that is necessary to relate properly with others. These skills can be verbal or non-verbal. Social skills are important in order to have positive interactions with other individuals.
Daily Living Skills
These are self-care activities that fosters communication, hygiene, grooming, appropriate dress, meal preparation, and safety. Skills are catered to the needs of the client.
Sensory Integration is a technique that is used to sense what is around us, what we feel, touch, smell, etc. Sensory processing can affect our communication, our surroundings, and how we function in our daily lives.
Ellen Robinson, Executive Director
Ellen's life’s passion is to support individuals with disabilities & aging adults lead a life of self-determined fulfillment. She is humbled to bring her experience supporting individuals with disabilities & aging adults fitness, socialization, recreation, life skills, daily living skills, and vocational skills to Big Hearts Day Habilitation Center.
Ellen has more than 20 years of experience in the educational realm. Her passion is being a special Education Teacher. Her areas of certification include Generalist, Special Education, and Principal, all certified in the State of Texas. Ellen earned her BBA from Northwood University, and she earned her M.Ed. from the University Of Texas at Arlington in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
Ellen believes that all of her life lessons and experiences has groomed her to be the best person that she can be and for this phase of her life. She also believes that she has a responsibility to advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves and for her community.
Jordan Jones Allen, Director of Operations
Jordan brings a great deal of experience to "Big Hearts". She is a Human Resource Advisor and Recruitment Specialist. Jordan received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff. She is excited to make the transition into this role and focus all of her knowledge and efforts towards upholding the "Big Hearts" mission.
Jordan believes that your life should be of service to others who cannot advocate for themselves.
Kisia Godfrey, Program Manager
Kisia brings a great deal of diverse experience to Big Hearts. Kisia has mangaged the front and back offices of Medical Home Care, and her experience in the medical field covers a wide range from medical billing to medical assistant duties. Kisia is a graduate of PCI.
Kisia believes that it is never to late to learn, and to apply what is learned for the betterment of life.
Josh Allen, Activities Director
Josh is a former American football player. He played college football at the University of Louisiana at Monroe where he earned a BA in General Studies and a minor in Psychology. He has been a member of the Tampa Bay Bucaneers, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, Calgary Stampeders, Arizona Hotshots, and the Dallas Renegades. Upon retirement from football Josh is a Certified Personal Trainer with an elite clientale. Josh brings his professional experience to Big Hearts and vows to make sure that our clients are well rounded in the community that we serve.
Guide Star Seal Of Transparency
We're excited to share that our organization has earned a 2022 Silver Seal Of Transparency with Candid! Now you can support our work with trust and confidence. Proudly visit https://Guidestar.org and enter our proud name "Big Hearts Day Habilitation Center". You can make your tax deductible donation there.