Faulkner 100: Conway Human Development ensures experience

Being the largest residential facility in Arkansas, the Conway Human Development Center provides services to 500 individuals with intellectual disabilities. 

The center has been CARF accredited for more than 16 years, receiving the highest accreditation available while being licensed by the Center for Medicare/Medicaid and accredited by the Department of Education. 

The Conway Human Development Center sits on more than 400 acres and employs about 1,200 staff members, with many of them having worked at the facility for 30, 40 and 50 years. 

The center has an annual budget of $62 million, most of which turns right back into Conway and Faulkner County. 

One recent feat the facility was able to achieve, with the help of the CHDC Volunteer Council, was an eight-year fund raising project to build and furnish a triplex. 

The Volunteer Council raised $240,000 for the project. 

The triplex is equipped with wheelchair access, spacious bathrooms, queen beds, a living space with a hideaway sofa and a kitchenette. 

These rooms are free to the parents/guardians of the residents to occupy during a short-term visit with their loved ones. The money was raised by donations from parents/guardians, friends and family members of the residents, staff, community volunteers, local businesses and business around Arkansas.  

The development center offers services such as psychiatric services, psychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech, special education, nursing, physician, social services and much more. 

The Food Services Department prepares more than 1,500 meals a day for the residents, and the laundry service does two million pounds of laundry each year. 

The goal of the development center is to provide quality services and to support individuals with intellectual disabilities by helping them maximize their capabilities and achieve the best possible quality of life. 

The Conway Human Development Center offers community involvement through volunteering. It has many programs to choose and multiple internships to offer. 

If you enjoy being involved in fund raising events and would like an opportunity to help improve the lives of individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities, contact Elizabeth Litton, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at 501-329-6851 ext. 319. 

The Conway Human Development Center ensures a wide variety of services and takes great care of its residents.

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