Baddour receives Community Foundation grant

Senatobia, MS – The Baddour Center is thrilled to announce that it has received a $3,500 grant from the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi.

The grant money will be used to purchase a Promethean smart board for The Baddour Center’s SAIL program. SAIL (Skills for Achieving Independent Living) is an educational program that is designed to enhance academic, social, and daily living skills in residents. Residents have the opportunity to practice these skills across a variety of settings, with vast opportunities to exercise the things they learn.

“We are exceedingly thankful for this award, which will link resident learning with interactive technology,” Parke Pepper, Executive Director of The Baddour Center, said. “The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, through this grant, has empowered us to take SAIL to a new level.”

The Baddour Center’s SAIL program teacher, Tina Suggs, said she is excited for the opportunity to incorporate more technology into the program, saying it will benefit residents in the program in a number of ways.

“Smart board technology will enhance the way in which I present materials to the residents, which in turn will enhance the way that residents learn,” Suggs said. “It will benefit all learners: auditory, by projecting sound and feedback from activities; visual, by displaying colorful charts, diagrams, and videos; and kinesthetic, by allowing residents’ fingers to become their new writing utensils! I am beyond grateful to have the opportunity to be able to have access to such a wonderful and powerful educational tool!”

“One of the main focus areas of the Community Foundation is education, and we are pleased to assist The Baddour Center with its integration of technology in learning,” said Tom Pittman, Community Foundation President.

The Community Foundation manages 233 donor-established funds and has distributed $18.3 million to support more than 420 charitable organizations and activities recommended by its donors, as well as charitable programs established by the foundation.  Established in 2002 with a generous grant from the Maddox Foundation, the Community Foundation is an independent 501.c.3 charitable organization. The Foundation serves Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Leflore, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, and Tunica counties.  A board of 20 volunteer civic leaders governs the Community Foundation.  Learn more about the Community Foundation at or call 662.449.5002.

Located at 3297 Highway 51 S in Senatobia, The Baddour Center is dedicated to providing a model residential community for adults with mild and moderate intellectual disabilities in an environment that promotes maximum growth intellectually, spiritually, physically, socially, emotionally, and vocationally. Visit online at, or contact Natalie Troutt, Communications, directly at 662.366.6931 or by email at