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.
Against All Odds
May 17, 1992
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.
January 1, 2011
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.
March 1, 2011
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!
June 1, 2011
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
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.
November 1, 2011
Brookwood in Georgetown (BiG) officially opens a entrepreneurial vocational program located in Georgetown Church of Christ.
Our Own Space
October 1, 2014
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.