Letters to the editor


As I leave Hughen Center after four and a half years as the director, I look back over the extraordinary progress that was made possible because of a great staff, generous supporters and fantastic community! This community should be very proud of what has occurred due to their unwavering love for the children of Hughen Center. Hughen Center has seen the addition of a licensed adult day care, a charter school honoring Bob Hope, extensive renovations, a historical marker, creation of a healthy building fund, and financial stability through tough economic times and several hurricanes.

Although I could never name everyone that played a part in our success, I would like to name a few that were particularly special to me.

Thank you Myrna Cedars. As CFO you were a true partner in creating a wonderful place for these special children to call home. I so greatly appreciate the Hughen staff – the true unsung heroes of these children’s lives. I also want to thank Pattilea Wilson, Steve Jordan, Ken Whitlow, Randy Cashiola and Bobby Simon for their guidance and support.

My admiration and respect definitely are extended to Walter Umphrey, Greg Gentry and Steve Mostyn for their ongoing efforts to improve the lives of those with special needs. Each of you has been extraordinary in your participation of moving our mission forward and recognizing the value of the person’s ability rather than disability.Brock Industries, Valero, United Way, Chevron, Veolia, Mostyn Law Firm, Provost Umphrey Law Firm, as well as their employees, were particularly generous of their time and efforts.

Barbara Phillips, Janice Kimler, Sharon Boutte, Bob West, Art Belle-Isle, Raymond Patterson, Jerry Brown, Dora Breaux, Deborah Hebert, Bonnie Guidry, Kennie Duhon, Yvonne Sutherlin, Sue Greenway, Doug Jackson, Chuck Burch, Tony Castillo, Zona Jones, Joe Carter, Mark Chesnutt and Bill Leger deserve special thanks for doing the right things, at the right time, for the right reasons.

I deeply appreciate the support and friendship of Bum and Debbie Phillips.

Thank you, Southeast Texas, for your efforts in making Hughen Center such a quality program for the most vulnerable of our children. Please continue to support this cause and keep these children and those that care for them every day in your thoughts and prayers.

For the children,Monte Osburn



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