Denton State School's doors opened in July, 1960, and within 1 year had approximately 1,700 residents. The majority of the residents were children and young adults. The school was designed to be a community within itself with its own infirmary, beauty shop, education buildings, therapy departments, and four dormitories. The dormitories have since been converted to 40 apartments and the name has been changed to Denton State Supported Living Center (DSSLC).
Today, DSSLC is a bustling place full of activity with a population of approximately 500 and an average age of 52. Many residents that are able to live in a less restrictive environment have moved into group homes in the community. Many current residents now have complicated medical needs and DSSLC provides a safe and well-equipped environment to care for them. The residents work, attend vocational training, go shopping, dining, to church and to recreational activities in Denton and all over the Metroplex. More than half of the school's residents are in wheelchairs.
The school employs over 1,600 employees and is one of the top 5 employers in Denton. Staff include: administrative, medical and dental, therapists, accounting, maintenance, mechanics, housekeeping, vocational, psychologists, security, and the programming staff who develop and carry out individualized training programs for each resident. The school is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is an active parent's association and a separate 501(c)3 organization, the Volunteer Services Council for Denton State Supported Living Center, which raises money and accepts donations on behalf of the school.
Further questions regarding the school may be sent to us through the Contact Us Page.
Volunteer at Denton State Supported Living Center!!!
There are many ways you can help DSSLC, and volunteering is one of the most important. If you would like to apply to become a volunteer, please call Nancy Boorman, Assistant Director and Volunteer Coordinator, at 940.591.3633. Thanks for making DSSLC your choice in volunteerism!