why we do what we do

Brookwood in Georgetown is a very “out of the box” innovative vocational community for adults with special needs where everything we make we sell in a beautiful high end gift shop, cafe and greenhouse. We want to change the way our world views this population by taking the "status quo” of providing these individuals with custodial care to these individuals creating beautiful, marketable items to sell to help sustain the vocational community they enjoy everyday. They have become artisans, bakers, gardeners, card makers, jewelry makers, and more.


To provide an educational environment that creates meaningful jobs, builds a sense of belonging and validates dignity and respect for adults with disabilities.
To build a vocational and residential community where our Citizens with disabilities will continue to learn, work and live; being celebrated and empowered in a God-centered environment as they engage in meaningful work and service.

Brookwood’s GOD RICH Core Values: 

Grace
Opportunity
Dignity
Respect
Interdependence
Continual Improvement
Honesty

BiG Story

Against All Odds

May 17, 1992

Against All Odds

Erin and John Kiltz have three children. Gracie, their youngest, now 25, was born with Down Syndrome. At two, she was diagnosed with the most aggressive form of Leukemia. After her tenth round of chemotherapy, she encountered serious complications, which left Gracie severely brain damaged, fully dependent on others, and facing a bleak prognosis. Against all odds, she not only survived a deadly infection but lights up any room with her contagious smile.

What’s Next?

January 1, 2011

What’s Next?

After Gracie finished high school, the Kiltz family was challenged with the question “What’s next?” After students with intellectual disabilities graduate from high school, there are few options. This sobering reality launched Erin and John on a mission to find a solution for a future with meaning and purpose for Gracie as well as her friends. This search led to the Brookwood Community in Brookshire, Texas where Erin and John knew they had found what they had been looking for.

Pilot Program

March 1, 2011

Pilot Program

Erin Kiltz began a pilot program called Light Texas, with the Bridges Program of Georgetown ISD. Students became artisans and began making and selling handcrafted pottery. Their only problem was keeping up with demand!

Summer Fun

June 1, 2011

Summer Fun

Summer Fun began and involved 8 Citizens working in three enterprises: horticulture, baking and pottery. By the end of Summer Fun, the participants had planted over 1,700 sunflowers, handmade beautiful pottery and tested dozens of recipes for granola, a future baking enterprise. These amazingly gifted individuals found that they could be successful farmers, potters and bakers, capable of growing and making wonderful products to sell to the public. What a sense of achievement!

Brookwood in Georgetown is Born

November 1, 2011

Brookwood in Georgetown is Born

The Brookwood Community expands for the first time ever in 30 years to Georgetown- Central Texas area. Light Texas was absorbed by the Brookwood Community and became Brookwood in Georgetown under the umbrella of their 501c3. Brookwood in Georgetown are forever thankful to the Brookwood Community for setting the bar of excellence in serving adults with intellectual disabilities and continuing to inspire our BiG community.

Officially Open

November 1, 2011

Officially Open

Brookwood in Georgetown (BiG) officially opens a entrepreneurial vocational program located in Georgetown Church of Christ.

Our Own Space

October 1, 2014

Our Own Space

BiG launches our first capital campaign to purchase and renovate a facility which will join our vocational program with our retail venue. The new location will also allow us to triple the Citizens we can serve.