Each contribution to The Center helps us work toward the goal of ensuring that every person is given the opportunity to live his or her best life.

Have you ever noticed how a simple smile can brighten your day? The other day I was sitting in the dentist chair for a cleaning, a normal and relatively uneventful activity for most of us. All of a sudden, I thought of Lonnie. Lonnie has been at The Center for about four years.

He had been seen flashing a huge grin recently, which was not normal. You see, Lonnie usually smiles with his mouth closed. “Something really special must have happened to Lonnie,” I thought.

When asked he replied, “I just got my teeth cleaned!” He was proudly showing off his pearly whites to everyone. Lonnie’s pride and pleasure made me remember why I work here—to ensure people of every ability have choices, are encouraged to grow, and experience lives of independence.

Your commitment is been invaluable in our mission to support the pursuit of choice, growth, and personal independence for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Charles C. Canton
President and CEO, The Center

How you can make an impact

$25 Teammate

With just $25 a month you are providing a healthy breakfast, lunch and snack for four clients each week.

$35 Trainer

How do you get to work, school, or appointments? Our clients use public transportation. $35 a month will provide 50 clients with Metro tickets to get to and from jobs, appointments, and activities.

$50 Coach

Do you have a budget for adult diapers? We do, and it’s a big one! Your support of $50 a month will provide 3 months of medical supplies such as adult diapers, first aid kits, wipes, and insulin testing strips.

$100 MVP

There are few dentists who specialize in oral care for adults with I/DD. Be a VIP to one client with your monthly gift of $100 and their specialized dental care will be covered for one year.

Donor Progress


We are 20% of the way to our monthly donor goal. Help us get to 100%!

Meet the Copes Family.

When we moved to Texas in 2008, we began searching for programs and services for our son Matthew, who has intellectual and developmental disabilities. Fortunately, we discovered Willow River Farms and its parent organization, The Center for Pursuit.

We saw immediately that Willow River Farms would be a safe and peaceful place for our son, one where he could continue to develop skills and enjoy social interaction while supervised by a caring, professional staff. We also liked The Center’s status as a private, non-profit organization, one concerned with the welfare of adults with special needs, not the bottom line for shareholders. So Matthew moved to Willow River Farms in January 2011.

In 2013 state budget cuts and other financial challenges threatened Willow River Farms’ existence. To help ensure its future, we became sustaining donors to The Center, and our donations are supplemented with matching funds by a former employer. We also utilized the giving programs of Amazon and Kroger whereby a portion of our everyday purchases goes to the cause. Of course, large donations are vital, but the contributions of sustaining donors like us help as well.

The peace of mind that The Center and Willow River Farms provide is worth more than we could ever repay. No donation is too small to help The Center in its mission to provide vocational and residential programs that give adults with I/DD a safe, happy, healthy, and productive life. Even if you do not have an adult with I/DD in your life, The Center is worthy of your support, and we thank you for your generosity.

Bob and Jan Copes
March, 2019