Who We Are
The Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Foundation was chartered in 1966 as a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation. Its mission is the development and maintenance of its 38+ acre campus, with 13 buildings leased to appropriate providers who serve people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. In addition to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities, the Foundation’s goals include providing grant awards, information and referral services, and advocacy.
Two of the earliest benefactors to the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Center were Mr. and Mrs. Chester Carlson who became interested in our work in 1963. Mr. Carlson was the inventor of the xerography process. We know the product today as Xerox.
The Center is named after Dorris Carlson’s mother, Sarah Bonwell Hudgins. From this beginning and with the continued support of individuals and organizations, the public Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Foundation remains privately funded.
What We Do
Eggleston Services provides the programs at the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Center. They offer a employment opportunities for adults with disabilities in the Rufus R. Kennedy Industrial Center. The Day Support and Senior Program are both located in the Jennifer S. Kincaid Education Building.
Our four houses provide homes for full-time residency programs managed by Eggleston Services for 30 residents. This program provides comfortable, caring environment.
The Ted Pritchard Gymnasium is used for recreation and therapeutic activities. Explorer Post 140, the largest scouting program for adult men and women with disabilities in the United States, holds activities in the gym. Eggleston, Post 140 and the Child Development Academy use the picnic pavilion and swimming pool in the summer. Additionally, Camp Parkitan, a one-week day camp, is held on the campus every summer and serves 200 to 300 adults.
The first Exchange Club in the country for disabled adults started on our campus. The Special Friends Exchange Club meets to volunteer and give back to the community. Service projects have included feeding the homeless, writing letters to deployed servicemen and women, Adopt A Spot trash pick ups and providing Easter Egg Hunts for the Child Development Academy.
Tick-Tock-Around-The-Clock, LLC operates the Child Development Academy’s inclusive program for children pre-school to twelve-years-old in the Richard M. Bagley, Sr. Child Development Center. The program is open to the public for children with and without disabilities. Call (757) 224-3758 for more information.
This facility was named to memorialize a long-time member of the House of Delegates in the Virginia General Assembly. In 1978, Delegate Bagley served as Chairman of the Commission on Mental Health and Mental Retardation, later called the Bagley Commission. He was also a dedicated volunteer with Explorer Post 140. The Bagley tradition continues as Richard M. Bagley, Jr. is a long-time Trustee of the Foundation. Mr. Bagley joins the other 22 Trustees who are the governing body of the Foundation.
Our current president is Sarah Messersmith, and attorney with Kaufman and Canoles and our Executive Director is Lorri Powers.
You Can Help
The disabled of our community depend on the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Foundation and we depend on you. The generosity of caring donors provides the funds that have allowed the Foundation to maintain existing buildings and expand our facilities. The Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Center will continue to serve the needs of our ever changing community with your help.
Donations of money, time, and in-kind gifts are accepted and truly appreciated.