Violet Woodhouse recognized the need to be independent in her son Irving, who was born with Cerebral Palsy. This formed her simple and direct philosophy of helping people who have disabilities to be all they can be. She was the driven and determined woman who put the people and events into motion that would ultimately result in the establishment of the facilities known as Woodhouse I, Woodhouse II and the Truman Worden Training Center.
Violet quickly learned that services or facilities to assist families of people who have Developmentally Disabilities were practically non-existent in her community at that time. Instead of accepting this lack of social services, she decided to mount a campaign for Irving, others like him, and their families. Her first small step was to run a newspaper ad. “Adults with cerebral palsy need help. If you can help, please attend a meeting at First Presbyterian Church”. This short ad led to the formation of a small, but determined group who became the force behind the fundraising, property acquisition and renovation work which would result in the 1971 opening of Woodhouse I. The first six residents were welcomed into their new home on February 24th, 1975. Some of those residents still call Woodhouse I their home to this day. Violet’s original dream of providing a comfortable home for her son Irving has been expanded over the years to help many more adults who are developmentally disabled and their families.
The three separate but related facilities that today make up Woodhouse are Woodhouse I, Woodhouse II, and the Truman Worden Training Center. The small seed planted by Violet Woodhouse in 1971 has blossomed into the reality of today. The people of Woodhouse are living and learning and loving in a home-like atmosphere just like she had envisioned. Because of her efforts other families have benefited from the services that Woodhouse offers.