Rock House: 40 years down, 40 more to go

Ashley Inge
Rock House celebrated its 40th anniversary with a caravan parade on Tuesday.

Rock House celebrated its 40th anniversary with a party on Tuesday, complete with a caravan parade, the creation of a time capsule and several virtual parties.

The E-T spoke with John Matt Allen, the vice president of Rock House, and Laurie Shelton, director of program services, to learn more about Rock House and how it began.

For 40 years, The Company of Rock House has been serving the community of Stephenville and surrounding areas, serving adults with intellectual disabilities, focusing on life skills and vocational training, and giving people the skills that they need to thrive independently.

Rock House was founded in 1979 by Brad and Nancy Allen and currently serves about 600 people across the state of Texas in eight different locations: Cleburne, Eastland, Fort Worth, Georgetown, Lubbock, Midland, Odessa and Stephenville. There are over 500 employees within the company who provide service to the clients.

“It is encouraging to think about all of the fine people who have chosen to work at Rock House over the years and have gone above and beyond every single day to serve.” John Matt Allen said. “They’ve become a part of the Rock House family dedicating themselves daily to making a difference and it’s hard to think of a higher calling than that. Looking back at all that these people have done over the last 40 years is pretty special.”

“I cannot express enough our appreciation for our employees,” Shelton added. “It was certainly a wonderful mission to provide these services but without people coming onboard, considering all they have done, it just wouldn’t be what it is today.”

Rock House has officially served Stephenville for 40 years and both Allen and Shelton are looking forward to the future – and the next 40 years.

“We’re still the same organization that’s committed to serving and developing individuals with special needs in their community – and we’re looking forward to 40 more years of service,” Allen added.