Who We Are
The Mission of the Independence Village is to be the VOICE for our residents who valiantly overcome individual challenges everyday. Our Vision is to help our Residents achieve their VOICE and to experience the highest level of personal independence possible.
The Independence Village provides safe, affordable housing for adults with mental and/or physical challenges and maintains a healthy, happy home that fosters community involvement and independent lifestyles.
The Independence Village is a unique facility, in that it evolved from the needs of its own community to provide quality residential services at a reasonable rate. Our adults with disabilities desire to live as independently as possible within their home community where they maintain the support of family and friends. A family-style atmosphere is supported with the safety of supervision. Residents are encouraged to be as independent as possible and to enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle that is focused on them.
Independence Village began in 1982, when Gladys Stephenson placed an ad in local newspapers, calling a meeting of those parents who shared concern for the long-term care and residential needs for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities. Sixteen parents of adult children with disabilities from Galveston County responded and later that year formally organized as a nonprofit entity under the name HRA Inc. (Helping Residents Achieve). With an elected Board of Directors, a willingness to volunteer time and effort, this dedicated group was intent on safeguarding the future of their children by building a local, affordable assisted living facility.
In October of 1992 after a decade of hard work and community support, the shared dream to provide quality long-term residential care for adults with developmental and physical disabilities was realized and the doors were opened.
In 2006, the Board of Directors voted to change the name to “The Independence Village” to more accurately reflect the underlying mission of The Village: to provide a safe, affordable facility for its residents, where independence for each resident is fostered, and where they are encouraged to engage in the communities that surround and support them.
The Village grew and flourished for many years, and in 2017, once again, the Board of Directors revisited the mission of The Village. While maintaining its high standards for providing quality residential living, the Board reframed the mission statement to reflect a more personal, individual-centered focus. The Village's new mission is to be the VOICE for the Residents:
Each of us at The Independence Village strives to help our residents achieve their VOICE!
Board of Directors
Chief Admin Officer,
Gulf Coast Center- Retired
Texas City ISD
Teacher - Retired
Vice President of Business Development at Associated Credit Union of Texas (ACU of Texas)
UTR Texas Realtors
Community Advisory Board
Mr. Emken Linton, Chairman, Advisory Board - Emken Linton Funeral Home
Mrs. Brenda Allen - Staff Services Officer/ Coastal Fisheries Division -
Texas Parks & Wildlife
Mr. Gordon Buchhorn - Retired
Mrs. Ashley Carner - COO Amoco FCU
Mr. Jack Click – CEO, Associated Credit Union of Texas
Mr. Bim Crowder – Crowder Funeral Homes
Mr. J. T. Floyd, Retired, Union Carbide
Mr. Don Gartman – Retired Galveston County Economic Alliance
Mrs. Susan Gonzales - Owner, CKM Properties
Mr. J. L. Hill – Birds Eye View Aerial Photography
Mr. Don Hogarth – Retired, Valero Texas City
Mr. Jimmy Klyng – Retired, Galveston County APD
Mr. Jerry LaBlanc - Binnacle Development & Construction
Mrs. Genevieve McGarvey – Attorney, McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Appfel
Mr. Mike McGhee, Retired, Home builder
Ms. Georgia Meyer - Co-Owner, Karat Creations on 6th St.
Mrs. Joyce Newman, Retired
Ms. Sharon Olmedo - Social Worker - formerly with Memorial Hermann HC
Mrs. Catherine O. (“Kitty”) Potter - Retired, Texas First Bank
Mr. Jack Roady – District Attorney, Galveston County
Mr. Phil Roberts – Attorney, Mabry, Herbeck & Roberts
Mr. Dennis Rygaard – Managing Member, Rygaard Consulting
Mr. Pete Rygaard, Former Mayor of City of LaMarque
Mrs. Laura Selman – Retired, Beeler Mansky Clinic
Mrs. Hazel Surratt – Retired, T. A. Newman Construction
Mr. Rusty Tidwell – Owner, Greater Houston Office Products
Ms. Peggy Zahler – PZ Consulting
Mrs. Dana Zeringue – Retired, Valero Texas City
30th Anniversary Co-Chairs
Mr. Randy Dietel
Mr. Emken Linton
Ex Officio Members
Mr. Chris Delesandri – Executive Director, United Way Galveston County Mainland
Mr Roy Halle - 1999-2021
Mr Mike Johnson - 1998-2021
Kellie Rae VanZandt
Kimberly Hunter, LVN
Sharon Johnson – Shift Leader
Kimberly Sanchez – Kitchen Manager
Jennifer Cooley – Art Director
Glenn Allen - Maintenance
Royce James - Maintenance