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Brookwood Community: Amazing Place for Special Needs People in Texas

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Entrance to the Brookwood Cafe and Gift Shop with the plant nursery in the rear.

Entrance to the Brookwood Cafe and Gift Shop with the plant nursery in the rear.

Brookwood Community

A special place called the Brookwood Community exists just west of Houston, Texas. With the spark of an idea plus much research in the area of finding and maintaining a suitable, life-enhancing home for adults with special needs, this stellar residential community came to be.

Ever since its humble beginnings in 1985, it has continued to grow and envelop the resident citizens with beautiful surroundings in every sense of the word. The residents who are fortunate enough to call Brookwood their home do what others do. They work, pray, and play together like other loving families.

How this all came to fruition is due to one lady in particular. But successfully operating this community is due to the efforts of many individuals, corporations, volunteers, and everyday people who merely wish to shop for terrific gifts, purchase healthy and beautiful garden plants or want to dine in their cafe on some mouth-watering cuisine.

Inside of building looking out towards the back

Inside of building looking out towards the back

Special Needs and Civil Rights

People are born every day with special needs. Others in our society become disabled due to disease or accidents which cause irreparable harm. Some of these needs are visually apparent, and others are not so easily discerned from casual appearance as the scars may be emotional or mental.

In the United States, ever since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, continuing efforts have been made to assist individuals in various categories via federal laws. The Civil Rights Act initially addressed discrimination against people because of religion, race, or gender.

Many of the laws have to do with educating disabled children, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and its predecessor, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975. Special needs children now have access to education and training from birth up to 18 or 21. Special accommodations can happen for each student, and many of these students go on to lead successful lives.

The most current Americans with Disabilities Act signed into law by President George Bush in 1990 addresses adults and prohibits discrimination from employment based upon their handicaps. This act affected many businesses and entities around the country. The new law mandated things like creating ramps, and larger bathroom stalls, to enable easy access for individuals using wheelchairs. People with special needs could now compete on a more level playing field.

All these laws have helped to some extent. But there are still many folks with special needs who lack an environment where they can thrive, particularly after they reach adulthood.

Brookwood Origin

Founder and executive director emeritus Yvonne Tuttle Streit is the reason the Brookwood Community is here. The link to Brookwood Community and some of these YouTube videos tell that story. Suffice it to say that when her daughter became impaired after an illness, this lady tried her best to move heaven and earth so that her daughter could lead the best life possible.

Most people survive having mumps with no long-term side effects, but her daughter Vicki was not so lucky. Ensuing encephalitis and meningitis left her with residual brain damage. In trying to help her daughter get the best care, Yvonne Tuttle Streit began to meet others who had similar needs for their children.

Due to Mrs. Streit's successful fundraising efforts and raising awareness of the need for a residential community where people with special needs could happily live out their lives, Brookwood Community became a reality.

It is situated just 40 miles west of Houston in Brookshire, south of Interstate 10, and encompasses over 475 acres in rolling countryside. On-site for the residents are living quarters, a non-denominational chapel, a nursery, gift shop, cafe, and even such things as a gymnasium and swimming pool.

The setting couldn't be prettier for this part of Texas! Over one hundred residents are fortunate to be able to call this place their home. People can arrange tours of the campus by calling this number: 281-375-2158. The address is the following: 1752 FM 1489, Brookshire, Texas 77423.

Plant Nursery

One way for people to beautify their homes and gardens is to think of purchasing the beautiful plants grown by the residents and volunteers at the Brookwood Community and the other outlying storefronts.

10222C Westheimer, Houston, TX 77042 is one of the locations, and the other is in Old Town Spring, which is north of Houston. That address is 318 Gentry Street, Spring, TX 77373. At all three locations, the plants are premium quality, and the pricing is competitive with other retail establishments selling similar items.

The residents at Brookwood Community learn to master the gardening skills and are also able to earn wages by doing this type of work. Tending plants and watching things grow and flourish make for a good feeling, as any gardener knows.

Years ago, I chaired a fundraising dinner and auction event for an assistance ministry. I enlisted the help of the Brookwood Community to furnish the table decorations. All of the profits from the sale of plants went to Brookwood, and it was a great way to combine efforts for the two non-profit entities.

Almost every year since that time, I add some of their lovingly tended plants into our outdoor garden area. It is an easy way to help support this fantastic charity and the residents who live there. Each season of the year features different plants like the poinsettias at Christmas as an example.

Gift Shop

There is a fantastic gift shop, which has grown over the years to the massive place it has become today. Similar items are also sold at the Westheimer store and in Old Town Spring.

While the residents do not make everything sold there, hand-painted pottery and other items blend with the other products acquired. Visiting the gift shop presents a visual feast for the eyes. They decorate the shops seasonally, and I have some photographs that I took around Easter and others approaching the Halloween time of year.

Volunteers cheerfully assist one with purchases. You can find everything from blends of different teas to cowboy hats, statues, furniture, artwork, dishes to table décor, jewelry to belts and scarves, and much too much to individually mention is in these gift shop locations. It is a perfect place to find that special something for oneself or others.

Prices vary from a little in the way of pocket change to some that are higher priced. There is something to suit nearly everyone's budget. Knowing that a part of one's expenditure also helps a good cause makes shopping there even more delightful.

Brookwood Cafe

This cafe at Brookwood is a delightful place to dine! The food is delicious and well prepared by a chef who trained at the New York Culinary Institute of America.

Items include savory homemade soups and delicious sandwiches to entrée portions of delightful sounding pasta, mouthwatering fresh seafood, enticing vegetarian dishes as well as tempting meat dishes. Naturally, there are also tasty desserts to satisfy one's sweet tooth.

They use the freshest of ingredients, and Chef Laura McGuire's deft hand in creating these masterpieces will have you wishing to return and sample more of the delectable items on the menu. So far, every time I have dined there, I find myself ordering another tasty seafood entrée. Others around me have always said their food selections are delicious as well. The plating is very eye-appealing.

A folding wall can partition the beautifully decorated room to make one part more intimate for groups who wish to meet and dine there.

Many wedding receptions occur here, and the room can display a dance floor and a stage. With the ambiance of a fireplace at one end of the room, and the glass windows and doors overlooking the well-manicured and landscaped lawn and garden area in the back, this site is booked continuously throughout the year.

For reservations to have lunch or arrange other meetings and events, this is the number to call: 281-375-2400. Lunch hours are daily from 11 AM to 2 PM.

Special Place

If you are not already familiar with what a special place the Brookwood Community truly is, hopefully, you are now enlightened. Not only do people with special needs live, work, and play in this fantastic residential community, but the community at large outside of Brookwood is welcome to come and enjoy this most beautiful of places.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 17, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

The greenhouse at the Brookwood Community is a large one! The way that they can showcase plants and other items for sale is fantastic. The residents not only work with plants, but they also paint pottery, serve food in the restaurant, etc. It is a wonderful place!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 17, 2021:

This one sounds like one great place.

We don't have anything comparable around my neck of the woods.

The pictures are beautiful. I love the flowerbeds & fountain & pond.

I think it's great they let residents help with the planting and growing of these flowers...and then to sell them also.

What a great idea.

I was surprised by the pictures...it looks like a giant greenhouse.

I thinknthis community has what it needs to help out those with disabilities.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 17, 2021:

Hi Manatita,

One person's inspiration has turned out to help a vast community of members who get to live at this fantastic place. It also serves others who volunteer, go there to purchase plants, dine there, etc. Love personified is a good description of the Brookwood Community.

manatita44 from london on March 16, 2021:

This is an amazing, state-of-the-art community. It's inspirational to see what one person's vision can do. Alas! It tends to begin, only with the loss of someone dear to them. Still, it serves its purpose. Glad you could help also. Much Love.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 16, 2021:

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks for your comment and for bringing more attention to the wonderful work that is done at the Brookwood Community. Lucky are the people who get to live there! Community support is key to their success.

Adrienne Farricelli on March 16, 2021:

Thank you for sharing your insight on this gem of a place. The Brookwood community sounds very resourceful and it's great they are doing so much to help others.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 16, 2021:

Hi Devika,

Yes, places like this need to be highly publicized as they do so much good. Brookwood Community is a great place for the residents to live, work, worship, and play. It is about time that I make a trip to check out their nursery plants again.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 16, 2021:

Peggy Woods This place sounds great and so worth a trip. Informative and interesting as well. Such places need your write up.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 15, 2021:

Hi Sandra,

I am glad that you have experienced the Brookwood Community personally. The plants and other objects sold are top quality, as is the food in the restaurant. I hope more people learn about it if they live in the Houston metro area, and support it.

Sandra on March 15, 2021:

I have been to Brookwood. It is very impressive and highly recommended for a visit and the restaurant.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 18, 2018:

Hi Ethel,

Happy to be able to showcase the Brookwood Community. It is a fabulous place!

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on September 18, 2018:

This is a very impressive place and you have done it justice Peggy.

We all need more places like this.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 29, 2016:

Hi aesta1,

I agree with you in that what they are accomplishing is wonderful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 28, 2016:

Hi Susie,

Brookwood certainly is a beautiful place and how they help people with disabilities is equally beautiful. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 27, 2016:

What a great place and community. It is admirable what they're doing.

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on January 26, 2016:

Brookwood looks like the ideal community to live for just about anyone. I would never be able to afford such a lifestyle but I am pleased that many do and can enjoy it. I love the pond and all the rock landscaping...that is where I would spend time in my own thoughts. Gorgeous place!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 27, 2013:

Hi Roberta,

I wonder why you had a problem pinning this? All of my photos are original. Oh well...at least you were finally able to share the good work done by this organization. Thank you!

RTalloni on November 22, 2013:

After having the photo rejected at Pinterest before, I've finally been able to pin this to my Leadership/... board to help highlight the work being done at this beautiful community. Thanks again for writing about it!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2013:

Hi again Suzanne,

Am sure the businesses appreciated your expertise in helping to raise funding to implement the spirit of the law with regard to complying with the ADA act. Sounds like you have had some interesting jobs!

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 09, 2013:

I think many businesses didn't know - perhaps especially in the southern states. In California, we were very proactive in getting the information out to local businesses and being a strong presence in the community. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

I think that it is wonderful that businesses have to accommodate handi-capped individuals as well as able bodied ones. Hope that you did not misunderstand. It is true that prior to the passage of the Americans for Disabilities Act, there were many places in which a disabled individual no matter how qualified, would have found it impossible to work in many environments. The ADA just helped to level the field somewhat.

Your job sounded interesting. I wonder if all businesses knew that there were grants available to help make changes to their physical surroundings?

Brookwood is an amazing place. Thanks for your comment and votes.

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 09, 2013:

Great HUB on a lovely community!

Regarding the statement about the ADA:

"This affected many businesses and entities around the country which suddenly mandated spending more money for such things as ramps for easy access for wheelchair bound individuals; bathroom stalls which could accommodate wheelchairs and many other things which prior to that law made it impossible for disabled people to compete on a level playing field with non-disabled individuals."

In the 1980s, I was transportation coordinator for an independent living skills organization in California. We were asked to form a panel to contribute information and ideas for the formation of the ADA. It is very important to note that the finalized ADA required businesses and public buildings to provide "reasonable accommodations" and that there are many grants and other forms of assistance in place to make these reasonable accommodations.

After the passage of the ADA, our organization was called upon often to help business owners determine what accommodations needed to be made. I went out with a team of people with disabilities from our staff and board to look at various businesses and make recommendations regarding changes to parking lots, entrances, work stations, restrooms, break rooms and more. We then assisted the businesses in applying for funding to make the recommended changes.

Providing these reasonable accommodations should never have been a burden to any business. Processes and funding were always in place to assist.

Voted up and interesting! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 19, 2013:

Hi Indian Chef,

The residents at Brookwood Community are truly blessed to be able to live in such an environment. Many more such places are needed world-wide. Obviously the need exists...but it takes a lot of effort and successful fundraising to make places like this a reality. And then it also needs an army of dedicated volunteers to keep it operational. Perhaps if more people read about places like this, they will get the idea to create some in other places. Thanks for spreading the word.

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on April 19, 2013:

Wow this is so beautiful place and it makes it very special for the purpose it was made. I wish we had some places like these but unfortunately in our country we dont have much for these kind of guys. Very beautiful pictures. Voted up and sharing with followers.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 03, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

That is terrible! There is probably someplace else you can report that place if it is state licensed or is run as a 501(c)3 charity. No problems like that at Brookwood happy to say. It is a warm caring environment with many volunteers and on site individuals that keep it operating as it should. Fortunate are those residents who get to call it their home. I would imagine that there is probably a long waiting list! Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

C E Clark from North Texas on February 03, 2013:

We need more places like this for people with special needs. Sadly, some are not all they're cracked up to be and so it is important for people family of special needs people to stay informed about what is going on in places that serve those with special needs. One such place I was in a few weeks ago was showing pornographic images to mentally challenged people with a mentality of perhaps 4 or 5 year olds, and nothing was done about it when I reported it. I wonder how many people know for sure that where they have placed their special needs loved one is what they believe it to be?

Your photographs are beautiful as always. Voted up and beautiful and will share!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 10, 2012:

Hi Mary,

Brookwood Community is indeed a wonderful place. I just knew that you would like the Bromeliads since you like those as well as other plants. They always have a good selection and their prices are more than fair. Very nice to be able to support them in this and other ways. Thanks for your comment, etc.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 09, 2012:

It would be wonderful if every community had a special place like Brookwood for people who have special needs. Such a great place for those people to live and contribute. When I looked at your photo of their plants, I was astonished by the Bromeliads. There is one that is gigantic! I'd love to have one of those.

Thanks for your wonderful tour of Brookwood. You were so good to enclose phone numbers and persons to contact if there was a need.

I voted this Hub UP, etc. and will certainly share. Mary

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 03, 2012:

Hi Fiddleman,

Nicely stated that it is a "life enriching experience" for those working at...or even visiting...the Brookwood Community. God bless you too and thanks for the good works you have done. When I was a volunteer counselor at an assistance ministry for many years, I was also greatly enriched by the experience. Thanks for your comment.

Fiddleman on October 02, 2012:

Wow! What a great place this must be and a life enriching experience for those who are associated with such a noble undertaking. I have worked with the developmentally disabled and it has been an experience that I wouldn't trade for any other. God bless.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 02, 2012:

Hi Roberta,

It will be especially nice if more people in the surrounding area get to know of the Brookwood Community so that they can go there and help support them by purchasing their garden plants or dining there or even finding that perfect gift. A win-win for everyone involved. Thanks for your comment!

RTalloni on October 02, 2012:

Thank you for posting this hub to highlight the Brookwood Community. It is a beautiful piece on a beautiful place! I hope it will be highlighted many times over with comments.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 27, 2012:

Hi rajan jolly,

The love and caring certainly shines through when visiting the Brookwood Community. So nice to have your virtual visit and thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 26, 2012:

Awesome information about a wonderful community and the love and care shows in the awesome pictures.

Glad to have read this and thanks for sharing.

Voted up, useful and awesome. Sharing this on G+1.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 23, 2012:

Hello unknown spy,

Yes...that is for certain. The Brookwood Community is an amazing place. So glad that you liked the photos. Thanks for your comment.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on September 23, 2012:

what an amazing sight Peggy. i love all your photos!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 21, 2012:

Hi b. Malin,

Just going to the Brookwood Community to dine or shop is an uplifting feeling and also makes one smile. I like how you ended your comment with the "God Bless" to all the volunteers and residents. Thanks!

b. Malin on September 21, 2012:

What a Truly Wonderful and Uplifting Hub Peggy. And Self Supporting, Wow! The Community should be so Proud of "Brookwood". I walk away Smiling. God Bless the Volunteers, and all the Residents.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 17, 2012:

Hi Prasetio,

It is nice that the Brookwood Community is helped financially by the growing and selling of the beautiful plants. It must be so satisfying for the residents to be engaged in such a business enterprise. Thanks for your comment and votes.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on September 17, 2012:

Wow...you have great information here, Peggy. Brookwood Community is a great community as well. I really enjoy how the landscape support them. I heard that the nature also give us something positive. Very well written between beautiful pictures. Voted up (useful, beautiful, interesting, awesome).

Best wishes, Prasetio

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 16, 2012:

Hi creativespirit63,

This was one of my hopes in writing this article about the Brookwood Community...that it might inspire others. So glad that you liked learning about this and good luck with your charity!

creativespirit63 from Omaha, Nebraska on September 16, 2012:

Wow, I started out to read your hubs about cemeteries (which were wonderful) but it is this one that I will be taking with me. I am in the process of filing for a 501C3 for an organization working with families with medically fragile children. This is an inspiration to me! Thank you!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 16, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

Am sure that profits from the nursery and things sold in the shops helps to support the folks who are lucky enough to call the Brookwood Community their home. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on September 16, 2012:

What a great idea to have little shops as well as home for the disabled. Your pics, especially of the bromeliads, are beautiful as usual. Voting this Up and Interesting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 16, 2012:

Hello tobusiness,

I think that you captured the feeling of Brookwood Community completely when you commented on the beautiful flowers and plants. "A lot of love" has gone into this entire community (not only the pretty surroundings) and exudes out from it as well. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on September 15, 2012:

Brookwood appears to be a very special place indeed, I love the images of the plants and flowers, it look like a lot of love went into them. Voting up and awesome

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 15, 2012:

Hello D.A.L.,

So nice to see you visiting again and learning more about things on this side of the Atlantic...especially regarding the Brookwood Community. Thanks for your comment.

Dave from Lancashire north west England on September 15, 2012:

Once again in your unique style you have shared with us an informative and educational hub., and once again you have given me an insight into your world over there Thank you.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 12, 2012:

Hi Ruchira,

Assuredly more places like the Brookwood Community are much needed in many other places. Thanks for your comment, votes and the sharing of this special place.

Ruchira from United States on September 12, 2012:

Such a beautiful tribute to such a special place. I loved how you gave the smallest details and supported it with pix.

I pray that such places come up in every town. It's such a help to the community and people who need it.

Voted up as awesome and sharing it across

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 11, 2012:

Hi Nell Rose,

It would be wonderful if more places like the Brookwood Community could be built. Of course it obviously takes dedication, good fund-raising, etc. to get it off the ground. Thanks for your comment, vote and tweet.

Nell Rose from England on September 11, 2012:

Wow! Peggy what an amazing and beautiful place! why oh why can't they do this everywhere for special needs people? absolutely stunning, and your hub was amazing and so detailed, voted up and tweeted!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 10, 2012:

Hello kashmir56,

Thanks for sharing the information about what the Brookwood Community does and so glad that you enjoyed reading about it and seeing the photos & videos. It is a terrific place!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on September 10, 2012:

This is such a great and well written hub and enjoyed the beautiful photo tour through this wonderful community. Well done !

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 07, 2012:

Hi midget38,

You give me too much credit. The only interaction I have had is to enjoy dining there, buying plants and gifts and writing about this great Brookwood Community. It might be the stimulus for other individuals to use them as a prototype when building their own communities. Thanks for your comment.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on September 07, 2012:

Peggy W, thanks for being such a generous person. It takes a lot of patience to interact with those with special needs....and you've definitely done this to a T. May others learn from your example.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 07, 2012:

Hello gmaoli,

So happy to hear that you will be planning a visit to the Brookwood Community to see this for yourself. It is an amazing and wonderful place! Thanks for sharing the news about this non-profit entity that is helping so many people.

Gianandrea Maoli from South Carolina on September 07, 2012:

Wow, this is incredible! The next time I go to Houston, I'll make to make a trip to this community just to see everything. The plant life alone looks breathtaking and so well kept! The people who are cared for and live here must really be happy. If I'm ever in the area and get an opportunity to volunteer my time, I'll happily do that. This is going to be shared! You wrote some great details about this place and the pictures posted look wonderful. Thank you very much for telling us about this.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 06, 2012:

Hello healthylife2,

Hope that your nephew is enjoying his life. It truly is nice to be able to help support communities like Brookwood. Appreciate your comment.

healthylife2 on September 06, 2012:

I wish I lived closer to Brookwood Community because I would buy some of the beautiful plants and items sold in the gift shop. What a beautiful place for people with disabilities to live and work and become part of the community. I have a nephew with Down's Syndrome so I understand the need for nice places like this.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 05, 2012:

Hello Glimmer Twin Fan,

I agree! Additional places like the one at Brookwood Community would be wonderful for more residents who could live there, the resident's families, and the community at large. Hopefully raising awareness of the need for residential communities like Brookwood will effect change, and thank you for sharing and doing your part. With your background, you certainly know the needs which exist.

Claudia Mitchell on September 05, 2012:

What an awesome awesome place. I substitute teach in special needs classrooms and volunteer with seniors with special needs so I know how great a place like this must be. It is too bad that there are not more places like this. Voted up and shared!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 03, 2012:

Hi Alastar,

Thanks for sharing the good news about the Brookwood Community with others. Some people just might wish to make it a prototype for a similar community of their own. Wouldn't that be nice! Appreciate your comment.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on September 03, 2012:

What a wonderful place the Brookwood Community is . So glad to know the 100+ folks are there in this special place. Ms Streit is to be so very highly commended for her efforts on behalf of Brookwood. People with disabilities through no fault of their own are very close to my heart. Beautiful pictures and story, Peggy; shared with pleasure.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 03, 2012:

Hello TToombso8,

The feeling of being in the Brookwood Community is so much better than what can be presented in an online article. I hope that you do find yourself in Texas again someday & can check out this marvelous place in person. So glad that you liked this hub. Appreciate your comment.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on September 03, 2012:

This place is amazing! I would love to visit and if I ever find myself in Texas again, we'll have to make a special trip to check it out. Thank you for sharing this exceptional place, Peggy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 02, 2012:

Hi Lisa,

Nice to be able to share a bit more information with you about the Brookwood Community. Many people just know it as a fabulous place to dine, purchase top notch plants and gifts. As you say...it is so nice knowing that one's purchases are going to such a good cause. Looking forward to our next visit our there! Thanks for your comment.

Lisa H. on September 02, 2012:

You have really captured the essence of Brookwood and it's mission. It is such an inspiring story and always a pleasure to visit. I enjoyed the day we visited and had lunch there last spring! Learning even more about the history of Brookwood in this hub was very interesting. Each time I go, I enjoy the experience, the atmosphere and knowing my purchases are helping promote Brookwood. Looking forward to my next visit!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 02, 2012:

Hi P. Long,

I truly think that anyone that goes to the Brookwood Community once makes plans to return. Not only are one's purchases helping a worthy cause, but it is such a cheerful and uplifting place! Thanks for adding your comment to this thread.

P. Long on September 02, 2012:

Brookwood is indeed a beautiful, amazing community. Have visited it myself and enjoyed a fantastic lunch, brousing in the gift shop and buying beautiful plants. Visiting this community deeply touches one's heart, and it is worthy of all the support it receives, Thanks for sharing Brookwood.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 02, 2012:

Hi Cheryl,

You stated that perfectly! Brookwood Community is a wonderful place for all kinds of people...not only the residents who live there. So nice to know that you liked the assembled photos and videos. Let's plan to visit there again in the near future. Thanks for your comment.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on September 02, 2012:

A very awesome and inspiring hub. I admire the Streit's for realizing the needs of people with disabilities. Your information on Brookwood Community is very enlightening. Brookwood has a lot to offer all people. Your photos and videos are always great. Awesome hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 02, 2012:

Hello prasadjain,

I think that the blessings of God are surely shining down on the Brookwood Community and all those who give of their time and efforts to make it operate as smoothly as it does. It is a wonderful place! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 02, 2012:

Hi Don,

Perhaps that was in the early days after some of the laws had been passed regarding handicapped people. One law that predated the Americans with Disabilities Act had only to do with government employees. Those signs might have been confusing at first. Now they are commonplace. Appreciate your comment, votes and the share.

Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD from Tumkur on September 02, 2012:

What an excellent arrangement they have made! Really they deserve out thanks and blessings of God!

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on September 02, 2012:

Hi Peggy, This looks like a very interesting and beautiful place to tour. All in all I think things done for the handicapped is a good thing. I do remeber an amusing situation at work though. I worked at the Rock Island Arsenal which is also the home to some Army administrative functions and a variety of both civilian and Army personnel go there for various meeting and functions. I was at a meeting and went to visit the restroom. There was a "handicap" sign on the restroom and a confused soldier asked me if the restroom was restricted to only handicapped. voted up, interesting and beautiful. will share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 01, 2012:

Hi teaches12345,

It is nice to be able to share good news such as this about the Brookwood Community. Glad to know that you liked hearing about it. Appreciate your comment and vote up.

Dianna Mendez on September 01, 2012:

What a great story on this community. It is such a lovely place and has so many interesting services for special need individuals and their families. Lovely hub topic and so descriptive. Voted up!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 01, 2012:

Hi Alicia,

Thanks for sharing the information about the Brookwood Community with others. Perhaps similar places will be built in other places just as nice as this one. We can hope! Happy to hear that you enjoyed the description and photos.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 01, 2012:

Hello old albion,

Nice to know that you enjoyed the photos that I have taken out at the Brookwood Community. There is certainly some great subject matter to capture with a camera! Thanks for your comment and vote up.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 01, 2012:

Hi moonlake,

It is a beautiful place for disabled as well as non disabled people to live. According to one of the videos, one couple chose to retire out there and be there on a full time basis to help the handicapped. Talk about nice folks! They love what they are doing and they will certainly leave a wonderful legacy of dedication to a good cause behind them when they leave this life! Thanks for your comment.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 01, 2012:

This is a beautiful hub about a wonderful place, Peggy! The photos are lovely. Your hub is a visual treat and is also a great description of a very important community. I will share this hub.

Graham Lee from Lancashire. England. on September 01, 2012:

Hi Peggy. Brookwood seems a lovely place to be. You certainly do it justice with this hub.

Your photographs are so good and illustrate the place so well. Well done.

Voted up and all.

moonlake from America on September 01, 2012:

Just a really pretty place. How nice to have a place like this for disabled. Great pictures. Voted uP and more.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 01, 2012:

Hi Carol,

It would be wonderful indeed if more residential communities like Brookwood could be located in every city across our country. It takes a host of dedicated volunteers and community support to make this possible PLUS a person like Mrs. Streit to spearhead the idea from the beginning to completion and beyond. She must be applauded for her efforts! Thanks for your comment and sharing of this hub to others.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 01, 2012:

Hi Billy,

Glad to be able to show you the lovely Brookwood Community. Appreciate your comment.

carol stanley from Arizona on September 01, 2012:

What a lovely tribute to a lovely place. How wonderful the community supports this residential community. Every city should have one. And a place to take those you love who need help. Voted UP and also shared.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 01, 2012:

Lovely place; thank you for the tour.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 01, 2012:

Hi Stephanie,

It would be wonderful if more places like Brookwood Community are built throughout the United States...and world, for that matter. There is always a need. Hopefully your great niece will eventually be able to live in a warm and caring place such as Brookwood. Thanks for the first comment and also for sharing this with others.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on September 01, 2012:

What a beautiful setting for a residential community for special needs people! It's wonderful that the local community supports Brookwood by using its facilities and purchasing plants and gifts there. I have a great niece who will one day need to live in a residential community, and I can only hope that her parents will find a place as beautiful and caring as this one.

As always, your photographs are stunning! Voted up and shared!

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