Contributed by Over the Mountain Journal
Celebrating the donation of Mitchell House to Glenwood’s campus are, from left: Guy K. Mitchell III, Colin McRae Mitchell, Kacy Ireland Mitchell, Guy K. Mitchell IV, Guy K. Mitchell Jr., and Dottie Mitchell.
Glenwood Board of Directors, along with Guy and Kacy Mitchell and distinguished members of the Birmingham community, recently celebrated the Mitchells’ donation and relocation of a home to Glenwood Inc. with a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception.
The Mitchell House, formerly located in Vestavia Hills, is the fifth residential home for adults with autism on the Glenwood main campus and the second home to be opened as a result of Glenwood’s $2.5 million capital campaign, “Building a Future of Care.” Preparation is underway for a site that will eventually include eight additional on-campus town houses and an adult day program building. Glenwood will complete its capital campaign with the purchase of two homes in nearby communities.
Lee Yount, president and CEO of Glenwood, welcomed guests and thanked Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell for their gift and their commitment to Glenwood and those with autism, mental illness, and those with emotional problems. According to Ms. Yount, 32 years ago when Glenwood was a fledgling agency, Mrs. Mitchell was an assistant teacher and drove the Glenwood school bus. She and Guy Mitchell have served on the board, played key roles in leading capital campaigns, and have been instrumental in each stage of Glenwood’s growth.
Joe Carter, vice president of adult services, pointed out “how deeply it impacts the quality of life of a person with autism when they have a safe and therapeutic place in which to live.”
Only 10 years ago, it was estimated that autism affected one out of 10,000 children. Four years ago, it was estimated that autism affected one out of 500 children. Current estimates are that autism affects one out of 166 children.