Ed and Marge Bridges founded Marbridge in 1953. The Bridges sought to create safe, residential care for their son, Jim, and other adults like him with intellectual disabilities. It began as a small working ranch, but from its beginning, Marbridge charted a dramatically different course compared to the institutions of the day. The Ranch community offered training based on the philosophy that adults with developmental disabilities can learn skills that enable them to become contributing members of the community.
By the 1960s, Marbridge had already received national attention for its groundbreaking approach to helping adults with special needs. Gifts of land expanded the campus, and Mabee Village, a semi-independent community, and the Villa Skilled Nursing Center were built in the 1980s to broaden the scope of residents that Marbridge could serve. In 2008, Mabee Village was replaced by The Village, which unified all of the different communities on a single campus. The Village includes 14 lovely cottages, a community center and an administration building, all nestled among large oak trees.
Today, more than 240 adults live and work on the Marbridge campus, applying skills developed through our structured training and education program. As part of our mission to continue to provide residents with the best possible quality of life, Marbridge has developed a strategic plan to expand and improve the campus. The plan calls for constructing a beautiful new dormitory, adding new training buildings, and building a new athletic & event center. When the improvements to the campus are complete, Marbridge will truly be a premier model community providing state-of-the art facilities and programs that provide adults with intellectual disabilities unparalleled opportunities to learn, experience, and achieve a whole new life.