New gymnasium opens

Generous donations from Pat and Dalton Thomas, the Texas Oilman’s Charity, and the Bridgewood community pave the way for new, on-campus physical education program

Many individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience additional health ailments that can be prevented or improved upon with a good diet and regular exercise. To that end, Bridgewood Farms has long emphasized the health and wellness of its clients with a nutrition class and a collaboration with a local gym, in which 20 clients were able to exercise twice a week.

In an effort to expand the benefits of regular physical activity to all clients at Bridgewood, Pat and Dalton Thomas pledged a sizable donation for the construction of a new gymnasium. Soon thereafter, the Texas Oilman's Charity pledged a matching donation. These two large donations—combined with additional donations from parents and friends of Bridgewood's staff and clients—successfully funded construction of the project.

With project successfully funded, the construction process began in early 2014, and the new facility was completed in November 2014. The first physical education class in the gymnasium was held on January 2nd, 2015.

Plans are in the works to hire a full-time PE teacher, which is necessary to make full use of this wonderful new facility. Grants are currently being sought to finance this additional staff member. Until then, current Bridgewood staff member, Shelby Nelson, and two volunteers are serving as interim PE teachers.

The Bridgewood community is incredibly grateful for the donations from Pat & Dalton Thomas and The Texas Oilman’s Charity. Their financial support is working to improve the lives of individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Additional support during construction was provided by The William S & Lora Jean Kilroy Foundation, The Conroe Cruisers, Robbi & Ed Turek, Hart Lumber, Spring Klein Electrical, Highsmith Glass & Mirror, All About Concrete, Prime Flooring, James D Russell (i.e. BR Plumbing), Ronnie Yarter, Cannon Custom Homes, Montgomery County Community Foundation, Thomas Kinack, and many family members of Bridgewood clients.