Our Mission is to provide advocacy, support, and education to persons with developmental disabilities, and intellectual disabilities and to provide moral support to their families.
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's life’s passion is to support individuals with disabilities lead a life of self-determined fulfillment. She is humbled to bring her experience supporting individuals with disabilities in fitness, socialization, recreation, life skills, and vocational skills to Big Hearts Day Habilitation Center, Corporation.”
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 EC-4 Generalist, EC-12 Special Education, and EC-12 Principal in the State of Texas. Ellen earned her BBA from Northwood University, she earned her M.Ed. degree from the University Of Texas at Arlington in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She is currently continuing her education at Grand Canyon University in pursuit of her Ed.D. In Educational Leadership.
Ellen is also a former licensed cosmetologist of 15 years, she is an active licensed therapeutic foster parent (2000-present), and within the entrepreneurship realm, Ellen is a boutique owner, a certified personal trainer, and a Notary Public (Notary Signing Agent, Licensed).
Jordan Allen, Program Funds Director
Jordan brings a great deal of experience to "Big Hearts". She is 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.