The Manor’s Mission
The Manor is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit agency celebrating 30+ years of providing life changing habilitation services for persons with developmental disabilities.
Immacolata Manor habilitation services focus on the values and principles of community membership, self-determination, human rights, and basic needs, so each individual will be supported and empowered to achieve their highest potential and to live their lives with dignity and respect.
Statement of Values
people supported by the Manor are individuals who have the right:
To live with dignity in as independent an environment as individual capabilities would merit.
To participate in establishing one’s own goals and making one’s own decisions.
To experience an environment and lifestyle providing exposure to a variety of surroundings.
To have sufficient activity and attention to encourage integrity of self, personal identity, and purpose in life.
To a future that expects personal involvement with daily life activities and other members of our community.
To services available to our peers in the community.
The Manor’s History
The Manor is located in Liberty, Missouri, on 37 beautiful rolling acres, originally part of a farm on which Clydesdales were raised in the 1800′s known as “Broadacres.” The Joseph Bruening Family purchased the property in the early part of the 20th century and rebuilt the Main House in the 1930′s after a fire. After Joseph and Della Bruening passed away in the 1960′s, the Manor and grounds were purchased by the Kansas City – St. Joseph Diocese and converted for use as a Jesuit Retreat Home. In 1981 Immacolata Manor was purchased again by a group called “Friends of the Handicapped.” All were families who had daughters with developmental disabilities. The Friends established the Manor as a home for women with developmental disabilities and employed the Benedictine Sisters of Kansas City as the caretakers until their retirement in 1997. Now, the Manor is a nonsectarian, not-for-profit corporation under the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors and a full-time professional staff.
Initially, all of the residents lived in the two main buildings onsite: Main House, a large three-story mansion which had been converted to contain 12 bedrooms on the second floor; and Carriage House, which also housed 12 residents on its first and second floors. As the women began to age, they experienced increasing difficulty managing the grand staircase at Main House or the narrow one at Carriage House. Rather than lose these women to nursing homes for safety reasons, the Board concluded that wheelchair-accessible housing was a necessity for their future. To meet this need, two capital campaigns in 2001 and 2006 were successful in raising over two million dollars to build five fully-accessible homes. The new homes are both modern and safe and have three to six bedrooms. Today, the residents take great pride in their homes. With 24-hour staff support, they participate in the cooking, cleaning, and general upkeep of their homes.
The individualized atmosphere of the new homes allows each woman to thrive. Main House is now used only for offices, but continues to stand as an icon for the Manor, both on campus and to the community at large, as a point of pride. Both the Immacolata Manor Residential Program and the My Day Community Integration Program are CARF accredited.
The residents of the Manor enjoy full, active lives as members of a close-knit community. They shop, go out to dinner and movies, attend church, and take part in other events and social activities on a regular basis. Some of the women are employed in local businesses. Those who are not employed attend My Day or other community programs where they work on various skills and interests.
The residents take great pride in their homes. With 24-hour staff support, they participate in the cooking, cleaning, and general upkeep of their homes. The individualized atmosphere of the new homes allows each woman to thrive. The residents also have a strong sense of community and strong friendships fostered by sharing experiences over time. Each month, parties and other activities are held which bring all of the residents together for fun and socializing.
On weekdays the “My Day” program is conducted at Broadacres, a multi-purpose building on the Manor campus. People from the Manor and the Northland participate in individualized recreational and life skills activities designed to meet the needs of each participant. Our trained staff works with each individual to develop specific interests and facilitate integration into the surrounding community through volunteer work and a variety of other activities.
For more information about My Day contact:
Julie Turley, Program Supervisor, at (816) 781-8322.
Health Care Program
At Immacolata Manor, we employ a Health Team consisting of a Registered Nurse and three Health Coordinators. This Team provides medical care and support for all Manor residents; supporting their health needs, providing around the clock care, companionship and medical attention beyond what the State of Missouri requires. We deliver medical care based on early detection and prevention. The Manor is a leader in subscribing to and promoting this health care model throughout the Kansas City metro area.
• All individuals served are diagnosed with intellectual and/or other developmental disabilities.
• Thirteen need assistance in bathing themselves.
• Two are unable to feed themselves.
• None are able to self-administer medication.
• None can cook for themselves without assistance.
• Only 11 can communicate a need for medical attention.
• None are able to transport themselves.
• Twenty-nine are adult women ranging in ages from 39 to 72.
• Two are adult men ranging in ages from 19-24.
• All require 24-hours per day, 7 day per week care.
• Twenty-two are able to assist minimally with cleaning.
• Two are able to work in supported employment.
• Three consumers do not have families that participate in their lives.
• Twenty-seven are able to volunteer for community organizations.
• Thirteen have mild to moderate intellectual disabilities (IQ 35-69).
• Sixteen have severe to profound intellectual disabilities (IQ ≤34).
• One has a severe chronic disability that occurred before the age of 22, limiting capacity for independent living and economic self- sufficiency.
• Thirteen have been IM consumers for less than 10 years.
• Six have been IM consumers for 10 to 20 years.
• Twelve have been IM consumers for 20 years or more.
• All are Missouri Medicaid/waiver funded.