By Rebecca Sloan
For 40 years, Boyd’s Kinsman Home has been providing mentally challenged residents with a place to be accepted for who they are and a place to call home.
From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Boyd’s is celebrating this milestone with an open house.
“We want to express our appreciation for the community support we receive — not just in Kinsman, but in surrounding counties as well,” said Sherry Rinck, an administrator at Boyd’s. “The open house will include tours of our facility, food and entertainment, and we hope to have a large turnout for the event.”
Rinck is the granddaughter of the late Carl and Agnes Boyd, who founded Boyd’s Kinsman Home in 1971 for their mentally challenged son, Dale, and others like him.
“My grandparents wanted to create a place where mentally challenged people could be taken care of but also live a happy life and do the things they like to do,” Rinck said.
Boyd’s has about 40 full-time and part-time staff members and 44 residents who range in age from 18 to their 70s.
Ten of the residents have lived at the home since its opening in 1971.
“We currently have one opening for a male resident,” Rinck said. “Families who are interested in this opening are welcome to tour the facility the day of the open house to get a better idea of what we are all about here at Boyd’s.”
Rinck said Boyd’s is unique because of its family atmosphere.
“The biggest thing we are proud of here is the family atmosphere. We really are like one big family, and this really is a home to the residents, and not just a facility,” she said. “We give them as much or as little assistance as they need.”
Rinck said the residents are very excited and proud about the upcoming open house.
“They want to show people where they live and also where they work,” Rinck said.
Residents are employed at Pitmark Services, which is located behind the home. Here they do a variety of jobs including metal stamping, furniture packaging and recycling.
“Through Pitmark we subcontract jobs from various companies, and our residents are very proud about earning their own money and contributing to society,” Rinck said.
In addition to touring the facility, the public also is welcome to take a tour of Pitmark Services during the open house.
A highlight of the open house will be a 3 p.m. performance by Jungle Terry, a local entertainer who brings along a bevy of animals – everything from cute, furry critters to fearsome reptiles.
This is the first open house Boyd’s has had since Agnes Boyd passed away in January 2008.
“The residents really loved her. They called her Mom,” Rinck said of her late grandmother.
Family members including Agnes’ daughter, Carlene Jones, son-in-law, Mike Jones and granddaughter, Rinck — as well as many non-family members — continue to keep the tradition of love and acceptance alive at Boyd’s.
“I think people respect our facility because of our emphasis on family and because we encourage residents to lead productive lives,” Rinck said. “We are not here to change the residents. We accept them as they are and are here to help them or give them space — whatever they need.”
Boyd’s Home is located on state Route 5 next to the former Harmon Chevy-Olds-Pontiac dealership.
For more information on the open house or the facility, call 330-876-5581.