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Journey To Daymark Living: Chris

By | December 17th, 2018|

Tim and Nancy Wheeler’s son Chris is one of the first residents making the big move to Daymark Living. A big transition like this looks different for each family & individual so we sat down with the Wheeler’s to learn what this journey has looked like for them!

D: How have you prepared Chris to move to Daymark?

TW: We’ve been discussing for a LONG time.  Not sure that it has “prepared” Chris but he thinks he is ready.

NW: We obviously worked on living skills as best we could and although I think he has a ways to go on a number of things, I know he is capable and will likely become proficient with someone else showing or teaching him. We have talked a lot about how Daymark will be like a college experience where he can live with friends,  go to classes, have a job and participate in new activities. […]

Community designed so those with intellectual disabilities can live fullest life possible

By | September 5th, 2018|

Greg Abbott recently recognized the founder of Daymark Living in ... and surprised to receive the Governor's Lone Star Achievement Award.

Daymark Living founder receives Gov. Abbot’s Lone Star Achievement Award

By | September 4th, 2018|

Greg Abbott recently recognized the founder of Daymark Living in ... and surprised to receive the Governor's Lone Star Achievement Award.

Poston receives Lone Star Award

By | August 29th, 2018|

John Poston has been named a recipient of the Governor’s Lone Star Achievement Award, as presented by the One Star Foundation. For 20 years, Poston has been at the forefront of new programs, services and facilities that help people with special needs achieve their personal ambitions throughout all ages and phases of life.

Daymark Living owner plans first-ever tulip festival in Waxahachie to benefit residents with IDD

By | August 27th, 2018|

A garden of “a million and one” tulips will soon serve as another reason for Waxahachie to be a destination city. The mission behind the flowers will also undoubtedly tug at the heartstrings of its visitors. Through the tulip endeavor, Poston Gardens will aim to provide a life-changing opportunity for up to 10 residents of Daymark Living, said its founder John Poston.

First Lady Cecilia Abbott Announces 2018 Governor’s Volunteer Awards Recipients

By | August 20th, 2018|

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, Honorary Chair of the 35th annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards, announced the 2018 award recipients last week. The Governor’s Volunteer Awards, administered by OneStar Foundation, honors the contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations in Texas that have made a positive impact in their communities or across the state through service and volunteering.

Daymark Living Close to Opening In Waxahachie

By | July 18th, 2018|

There is a new community in Waxahachie called Daymark Living and it wants to be known for its resort-style living, “that just so happens to have people with IDD [Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities] living here and a wonderful staff that understands that population and is here to help them gain independence and happiness,” said developer John Poston.

Tradition Senior Living’s Inspiring People: John Poston

By | June 29th, 2018|

When John Poston watched his son Blake and daughter Margot go off to college and leave Margot’s twin, Michael, behind because of Down syndrome, John knew he had to do something. “It’s not right. My other children were going off to have fun, socialize, learn, and Michael was at home watching television,” said John. With years of experience in real estate behind him, John got busy developing Daymark Living for adults with IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities).

But the story begins really after Michael was born, when there was no pre-school that would take him.
“We heard about a pre-school in Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Rise – where Gene Stallings (famed Alabama football coach) and hiswife Ruth Annwereheavily involved,” saidJohn.Hewent to Tuscaloosa with his former father-in-law, John Duncan, and they witnessed a four-year-old with Down syndrome reading and writing. They looked at each other and said, “We’re in.” The non-profit Rise school in […]

Follow that dog (on Instagram): Yoshi, a service animal for a special needs social club in D-FW

By | June 19th, 2018|

North Texas has no shortage of Instagram-famous animals. From Nelson the Goldendoodle cruising around downtown Dallas in his iconic Vespa sidecar to Bacon the Piglet frolicking through Fort Worth and Dallas Zoo denizens that, frankly, seem more #relatable than exotic: Insta-animals help us see our cities, and ourselves, through new perspectives.

First Texas Facility Dog to Serve Adults with Special Needs

By | June 6th, 2018|

Courtney Craig, 214-259-4658
June 5, 2018

Canine Companions for Independence has placed the Lone Star State’s first facility dog trained specifically for a community of adults with special needs.

The non-profit organization’s South Central Region trained and placed a Labrador/Golden Retriever cross named Yoshi with Daymark Living, the DFW area’s first neighborhood for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Opening this summer, Daymark Living provides a state-of-the-art residential community dedicated to helping adults age 18+ with IDD live, learn and thrive, in an all-inclusive environment that includes housing, education, and connections to employment.

“Yoshi was specifically matched with Daymark because of her calm and gentle temperament,” said Erin Christensen, Canine Companions for Independence Apprentice Instructor. “She has been trained in interactive commands and skills that her handler can utilize with residents, and with her affectionate personality she will love interacting with residents to provide fun and a sense of comfort.”