Helping Hands Initiative: Mission Center Adult Day Service

WEST TEXAS -- For 32 years Mission Center Adult Day Service has been taking care of people who might otherwise be left home alone during the day.

The center provides service to Midland, Odessa, Gardendale and Greenwood for anyone over 18 years old with a mental or physical disability, or age related illness.

Clients are offered transportation to and from home, and served breakfast and lunch, as well as snacks.

While spending the day at the center, clients engage in a number of activities.

“We play bingo or we have field trips,” marketing director and care provider Tammie Long said. “We offer haircuts, manicures. Reading club. We have outside visitors come in and play music. Just a variety of things.”

The full-time staff is also able to provide medical care for clients throughout the day.

“I think they have a great organization here,” 96-year-old client Lee O’Hara said. “The food’s good. They entertain us. I can’t find anything wrong with any of it.”

The center is an alternative for families that aren’t ready to put loved ones in a nursing home.

“What we offer is just something that allows the family to stay together,” Long said. “And extend the time they get to spend directly with their loved one.”

I’m told that volunteers looking to help are always welcome to stop by.

“Our volunteer have the best...I don’t even want to call it a job,” Long said. “They have the best privilege to be here and just create relationships with these people. They don’t have to do the nitty gritty. They just create relationships and establish friendships.”

If you're interested in volunteering with Mission Center Adult Day Services, or have a loved one who could use their service, you can find more information online HERE.