Marbridge is a non-profit residential community that offers transitional and lifetime care to adults with a wide range of cognitive abilities and—through compassion and faith—provides them opportunities to learn, experience and achieve a whole new life.
Three communities interconnect to create one vibrant campus.
Marbridge is nestled on over 170 acres, just 13 miles south of downtown Austin, Texas. Marbridge provides a distinct alternative to group homes for adults with intellectual disabilities, offering a full spectrum of services tailored to individual needs and abilities. Each of our three communities — The Ranch, The Village, The Villa — provide a different level of care, support and guidance. And The Bridges Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Marbridge provides a fourth option for short-term recovery and rehab care. Marbridge offers residents and their families the security of a long-term continuum of care for each individual, based on their unique needs.
Our campus includes three residential areas, a chapel, recreation rooms, dining areas, training rooms, an art studio, computer labs, covered pool, softball field, an outdoor amphitheater, outdoor dining and activities pavilion, equestrian facilities and walking trails. Victory Hall, an 18,000 square foot multipurpose event center, is home to indoor basketball and volleyball courts and The Mike Parsons Wellness Center, which includes rooms for cardiovascular training, weight lifting and studio room for yoga, zumba and more.
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 called for the construction of a new athletic and event center to provide modern and safe wellness opportunities. “Victory Hall” was competed in May 2016 and was celebrated in many ways. The strategic plan also calls for constructing a beautiful new dormitory, adding new training buildings, and creating a state of the art equestrian center. When the improvements to the campus are complete, Marbridge will truly be a premier model community providing the highest standard in facilities and programs that provide adults with intellectual disabilities unparalleled opportunities to learn, experience, and achieve a whole new life.