Lover Compton: Bringing Love Back Into The Community

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Dawn Paul, Associate Editor – When it comes to healing and health, Lover Compton is a familiar and well-respected name in the community and industry. With a genuine loving spirit, she lives up to her name, providing quality care to those battling mental challenges through Love & Joy Personal Care Homes (Love & Joy). Compton founded Love & Joy over 20 years ago in the greater Houston area as a safe haven for those dealing with mental challenges. Under Compton’s leadership, Love & Joy provides the compassion, encouragement, and patience necessary for client needs to be properly met. In addition, Love & Joy has a desire to assist the clients and their families to be more independent and integrate in the community.

Compton’s true and proven commitment to the greater Houston, Brazoria, Galveston, and Fort Bend areas is something very necessary when it comes to addressing mental challenges that many members of our community face.

Love & Joy provides quality and efficient home and community-based services to people with a mental disability, no matter what level. Their commitment to treating each client with respect, dignity, and love is stellar. They are known for their dedication to the patient. Their partnerships are helping to improve quality of life. Love & Joy supports those with disabilities, so they can have a sense of independence, regardless of their disability.

Compton has always had the spirit of entrepreneurship. She says, “The desire for being an entrepreneur started early in life for me. At the age of 8, I was taken in by a neighbor who owned a salon. I assisted her whenever she asked me to help. I was very excited to be a part of the salon and knowing that one day I would own my own business.” After graduating from the 10th grade, she moved in with her sister and brother-in-law, and they owned several businesses. “Thinking back now, I was always surrounded by African-Americans who owned their own business. I remember learning that it was possible for African-Americans to own their own business,” she adds.

Not only did she have a spirit of business savvy, but a spirit for the community. By the time she graduated Kashmere High School, she knew that she wanted to help those who were less fortunate. Compton has a personal history with family members who have battled mental challenges. People who suffer from mental illness often are ignored and forgotten, and many times have a difficult time finding and receiving proper services. “This population needs the most assistance from our community. They are a part of our community, and we cannot continue to turn them away by not providing them with the quality care that they need and deserve,” Compton expresses.

Seeing a lack of compassion in the industry for those with disabilities, Compton was energetic to open Love & Joy. Compton says, “Even today, there is a lack of empathy for people who are mentally challenged. They are sensitive to the environment’s tendency to ignore them and therefore, they seek help from people that they know will assist them.” Compton feels that the need to help this population starts in our own community. “We see, and then do not see this population on a daily basis, and many times do not think twice about how we can give of ourselves to provide assistance to another human being,” she says. Love & Joy is committed to the care of those battling mental challenges, and their genuine love for what they do allows them to listen to needs and find solutions.

Love & Joy’s services include:
(Individuals who receive HCS funding status qualify for these services)

  • Residential Options: Supported Home Living/Own Home (Respite Optional), Supervised Living,
  • Residential Support Services, Foster/Companion Care
  • Day Habilitation Therapies: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy
  • Professional Services: RN – Nursing, Dietary, Audiology, Dental (up to $1000 per plan year), Adaptive Aids, Minor Home Modifications, & MORE
  • Room and Board
  • Hot nutritional meals including snacks
  • Exercise and recreation
  • Social learning and spiritual activities and programs
  • Three recreational trips outside the facility monthly
  • Assistance with maintaining all medical appointments
  • Certified medical staff 24 hours a day
  • Transportation

Love & Joy’s partnerships include:

  • The United Way
  • The Home Depot
  • The Houston Food Bank
  • The Houston Furniture Bank
  • Longhorn Steakhouse – Pearland
  • Olive Garden – Pearland
  • FedEx Office and Print Center – Letty Robles
  • TACTICAL TEE’S – Nathaniel Trevino
  • Chase Dowell Interior Design
  • Alma Allen – Texas House of Representatives
  • Lord of the Streets Episcopal Church
  • Brentwood Baptist Church
  • Houston Astros
  • Professional Flooring Supply – PFS
  • Houston Texans YMCA
  • City of Houston

Lover Compton spoke to d-mars.com about Love & Joy:

Talk about the approach Love & Joy has when it comes to addressing the needs of the mentally ill and displaced.
Love & Joy is a small but exemplary provider program that offers state of the art treatment and service to the behavioral health and mental retardation community. We are dedicated to providing quality services, community involvement, protection of rights, and individualized planning and care to our consumers and their families. We are committed to excellence in our field by ensuring effective communication, managing individual services, and mandating proper training to our consumers so they have the skills necessary to live healthy lives and institutionalization free.

Talk about Love & Joy’s clients.
Our clients are family to us. We have clients at our facilities that have been with us for more than 15 years. They feel safe in the environment and know that it is home. They are excited about meeting with the doctors, dentists, psychologists, and many other service professionals that are there to ensure that clients receive the best care possible.

Talk about the medical professionals who work with Love & Joy.
The medical professionals who work with our clients are a part of the Love & Joy family. The medical staff is experienced and specialized in servicing a mass population of individuals who are diagnosed with all levels of mental retardation. We are committed to working in partnership with our consumers in achieving their employment goals and allowing them to live independently. We have 25 years of care experience working with medically dependent and dually diagnosed individuals with various behavior problems. We have three registered nurses on staff with multiple years of experience, including our Director of Nursing and CEO, Yvonne Jacobs, RN, who oversees all medical care for our consumers. Our Day Habilitation program is licensed by the State of Texas. We strive to provide the best quality care to our consumers by helping them achieve their goals, medically and socially, as well as assisting them with community integration. We also have the following medical professionals that are a part of the Love and Joy family: Primary Care Physician – Dr. Raymond Adedepoe, Vision – Outreach Eye Care, Bemaj Pharmacy – Maureen and Marina, Dentist – Dr. Phyllis Morgan, Dentist – Dr. Joe Eckord, Registered Nurses Yvonne Jacobs, Gloria Pigner, and Beverly Willis, Psychiatrist – Dr. Festus Uzokwe, Psychologist – Dr. Thomas Mann, Neurologist – Dr. Johnnie Rose and Dr. Suphra Bhatt, Cardiologist – Dr. Glover Johnson, and Endocrinologist – Dr. Eric Orzeck.

Someone who has had a bad experience with adult day care, group homes, and assisted living, how do you let them see that Love & Joy is not going to give them that experience?
We work with you and your loved one to assist with needs such as assistance with transportation to medical appointments and locating doctors. We hold meetings for general support and provide instructive and useful information. We have a convenient location for ease of submitting documents and a host of other HCS needs. We have immaculate group homes in safe and beautiful neighborhoods that are handicap accessible. Our day habilitation program is structured to cater for all ages and offers music therapy, goal training, social inclusion into the community, special event activities, field trips, and breakfast, lunch and dinner. We take every individual need seriously and strive to provide sincere quality service. Everyone matters, and we treat each individual with respect, dignity, compassion, and we assist them with being as independent as possible.

Give details on Love & Joy’s success rate.
Love & Joy has a 100% success rate. As stated before, we have clients that have been with us for more than 15 years. Most clients do not want to leave their home and some do not leave. Sometimes we have family members that miss their loved one and take them home to provide care for them until they transition.

This is not something you do alone, but a family-run business, as your daughters are also involved in this business. Talk about you passing on this business knowledge to your daughters.
I raised my children to take pride in giving back to the community and helping those that are less fortunate than themselves. Both daughters followed me into the business, and each found their niche in the business. I wanted to instill the legacy of “Bringing Love Back into the Community.”

Compton’s dream started with one halfway house that grew into 11 homes, 1 daycare center, in home providers, and a state-of-the-art facility designed to house 140 individuals, and there are plans for expansion. Compton’s continuous hope is that Love & Joy is able to assist clients with the stimulation of their mental growth and integration into society. The Love & Joy motto is “Bringing love back into the community.” When those with mental challenges have nowhere to go, Love & Joy is there.

For more on Love & Joy Personal Care Homes, please visit www.loveandjoy.org.

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