The Thelma Vaughan Memorial Home, located in Glebe Land, St. George, was opened in April 1971 as the first home for physically disabled children in Barbados offering 24 hour residential care. The first four residents were quickly joined by others and by 1975 the Accommodation block was added to cater to the increased volume of residents. Some of these children returned to their own homes when they reached 18 years old. However, some of our residents had to remain with Thelma Vaughan Home which was expanded again in 2003 when the Francis Blackman Building was added to the compound. This building offers semi independent living to those residents who are now adults.
The aims and objectives of the Home are to provide a place of love and security for physically disabled children to enable them to develop to their fullest potential whatever their particular disability. The Home has recently expanded its portfolio of services to offer respite care to children who are physically disabled. It is envisaged that this need will outstrip the need for fulltime residential care since parents and guardians are now more likely to opt for part time rather than fulltime residential care for their children or wards.
The Home now shares its new Administration building with the Because of Jenna Trust, who operate a day care centre for severely brain damaged children. The Home is funded by covenants, donations, the generosity of several clubs and groups as well as an annual Government subvention. These funds along with the sale of our Christmas paper, tags and gift wrap, are used to cover the operational expenses of the Home.