News and Events at Brookhaven Youth Ranch
Parson's Roof Systems, Inc. Makes Generous Gift to the Youth of Brookhaven
Brookhaven Youth Ranch recently purchased and began renovating a modular building to be used as a 10 bed dormitory
for the youth residing here. In the process of renovation it became apparent that the building needed a new roof in order
for it to be ready for occupation. Knowing of Parson's Roof System's excellent reputation as trusted and long standing
specialist in the roofing industry, they were asked to come to Brookhaven and to inspect the existing roof and then to give
an estimate as to the cost of installing a new roof system. About a week later Dennis Cooke, Executive Director of Brookhaven
received a call from Roger Parsons of Parson's Roof Systems, with the fantastic news that Parson's had made the decision
to donate a new roof for the new dormitory. Working then with Ray Allen, a helpful Parson's representative, the project moved
On August 10, 2014 a crew of workers from Parson's arrived at Brookhaven
and set about installing a wonderful new Duro-Last roof system on the
dormitory. Within a couple of days the job was done and the building looked
great. The reflective and insulated coating is designed to save energy costs
and came with a 20 year warranty.
Parson's web site contains a quote that states "We love people and we enjoy
helping others. Parson's Roofing has a unique culture that puts others first......."
This statement could not be more true. The roof system that Parson's
installed for the youth of Brookhaven is valued at approximately $11,000.
In real terms, this is now $11,000 that we can spend on other needs to directly
benefit the youth.
Thank you Parson's roofing Systems, Inc. for being the generous company that you are!
Celebrating the lives and memory of two beautifully caring people
On the 30th of April, 2012 the lives of Donald and Kayako Mann were remembered and celebrated through a wonderfully
generous gift of $42,000.00 to Brookhaven Youth Ranch. When Donald was a young boy, his family had some problems
which resulted in him going to live in a boy's home, not unlike Brookhaven Youth Ranch.
Soon after leaving the boy's home he joined the military to serve his country.
He took advantage of the educational opportunities provided by the Armed
forces and learned several languages including Japanese, Vietnamese and
some Chinese. He survived several wars during his service to America including
World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. During his service, Donald
received both a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. While overseas, Donald met and
married his beautiful wife Kayako, who was living in Nara, Japan at the time.
After retiring from an exemplary and honor filled military career, the couple settled
for a time in California. Donald's second career was in civil service and Kayako
worked as a housekeeper. After retiring from civil service, the couple relocated
to Harker Heights, Texas where they lived for the remainder of their lives.
The Mann's did not have any children, but enjoyed the fellowship of numerous friends from the central Texas area and from
their collective past. Donald passed away approximately 3 years ago and Kayako joined her husband in death last year.
They are both buried at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery located South of State
Highway 195, and just South of Killeen, Texas. It seems fitting that the couple who devoted
so much of their lives in service to their country are buried near the largest army base
(Fort Hood) in the world.
Never forgetting the help that he received as a child from the boy's home where he grew
up, the couple left a large portion of their estate to "an organization that helps young people".
Executive Director, Dennis Cooke, gratefully accepts the donation presented by Ms. Neggie
Loudermilk, executor of the Mann estate, in the memory of Donald and Kayako Mann.
The children and staff of Brookhaven Youth Ranch will remain forever grateful.
Our Prescription Drug Management Program Gets a Modern Upgrade
Providing youth, who are prescribed medication, the right drug, for the right youth and in the right dosage, with accurate
documentation is essential for the effective treatment of emotional and behavioral problems which occur with the youth we
Brookhaven has purchased and is installing a secure computer based and internet driven medication management software
system. This innovative "Medright" system will markedly reduce the likelihood of medication errors and will make documenting
dispensed medication much more accurate and convenient.
Referral sources will have available to them on request, comprehensive and detailed reports concerning a youth's medication
history while at Brookhaven Youth Ranch. We are excited about this new addition to our treatment regimen.
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