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03/01/15 - Clay and Linda

03/01/2015 - Clay and Linda


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Breckenridge Village of Tyler (BVT) is a faith-based community for adults with mild to moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities. The community is dedicated to serving their residents in a warm, safe, family-like setting and to empowering each resident as he or she develops spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. BVT answers the heart-rending question that every parent or guardian of an individual with disabilities must ask, “Who will care for my child when I am gone?”

On Friday, April 24, at 11:30 a.m., BVT will hold their annual Ladies Spring Luncheon at KE Bushman’s Winery & Celebration Center in Bullard, Texas. Keynote speaker, Phoebe Bermudez, will share her personal testimony of watching her younger sister, Chloe, live a filling and purposeful life with Down syndrome. Phoebe and her sister, Chloe, will also provide the event’s entertainment when they play a very special violin duet. Proceeds from the Ladies Spring Luncheon benefit the BVT Scholarship Fund and BVT programs.

As residents of BVT, Linda and Clay are volunteers within the BVT community and within our community of Tyler. Each with their own special gifts and talents, Linda knits hats for orphans in the Republic of Moldova and helps deliver hot meals to senior citizens through Meals on Wheels, while Clay volunteers at the East Texas Food Bank and plays board games with the residents of a local nursing home.

“Volunteering makes us feel great and brings a smile to other people,” Clay and Linda said. “We also believe that giving back to others in need is what God has asked each of us to do.”

Linda was born in Dallas, Texas, and is a graduate of Klein Oak High School in Houston. She has resided in Tyler for nine years and is the daughter of Herb and Marsha. Linda is a member of Green Acres Baptist Church, BVT Kiwanis Aktion Club, and the BVT choir. She enjoys uplifting and inspiring others by sharing her poetry.

“I love that Tyler is a faith-based community, and everyone I meet is warm and friendly,” Linda said. “I love living at BVT because it’s a place that I can finally be myself and be accepted for the person God created me to be.”

Clay was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is a graduate of Lindale High School in Lindale, Texas. He has resided in Tyler for 18 years and is the son of Cliff and Gaye. Clay is a member of Green Acres Baptist Church and is a member of the BVT Kiwanis Aktion Club. He also takes guitar lessons and enjoys watching football games with his dad.

“I love living at BVT because it’s a nice, gated community where I enjoy my own private room. I help grow beautiful ferns, and I make scented candles. Tyler is a great and very giving city. I feel privileged to have been a part of it for 18 years. ” Clay said.

For more information about Breckenridge Village of Tyler’s Ladies Spring Luncheon, please visit www.breckenridgevillage.com, or call 903-596-8100.


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