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Rock House celebrates 40 years of serving Stephenville, surrounding areas

Ashley Inge
Pictured are the first 13 clients that Rock House had when it was established 40 years ago.

Rock House is celebrating its 40th anniversary of serving Stephenville and surrounding areas on Tuesday, Sept. 29, with a party.

“We were established in 1979,” said HR Assistant RoDene Ballard. “We were going to do our celebration in January, but then COVID hit and we had to change our plans...that’s usually our clients’ biggest thing for entertainment is parties, so just the preparation for it is so much fun; it’ll be a blast.”

Due to COVID-19, the party will be streamed live on Facebook beginning at 9 a.m. at the administrative offices with owners Brad and Nancy Allen, along with other key leaders.

In 1979, the Allens made a commitment to serve people with developmental disabilities and their families, creating Rock House in the process.

Since that time, Rock House has grown and hundreds of dedicated people have built and maintained a solid reputation for excellence with creative, practical, effective training and support that help people become the best they can be.

Rock House offers residential home and community-based services, residential intermediate care facilities, foster care, in-home services, rehabilitation and recreation.

For the 40th-year celebration, Rock House employees and clients plan to create a time capsule around noon with items selected by all seven Rock House locations for future anniversary celebrations.

There will be a caravan parade of Rock House vans festively decorated so clients can safely join in on the fun.

Each of the houses will be decorated with its own theme and have games and contests that they picked.

Rock House locations in the other seven towns – Cleburne, Eastland, Fort Worth, Georgetown, Lubbock, Midland and Odessa – will also join in on the celebration via Facebook to showcase the fun activities they have planned for the celebrations. Each town will have a big party all day long in each of the individual houses.

“We would be so happy to share this landmark with our community that has such a big part of Rock House,” Ballard added.