Evergreen Life Services was organized in 1959 in north Louisiana as a mission of the Presbyterian Church. The ministry began when the parents of four young men with developmental and intellectual disabilities dreamed of a place where their children could live as normal a life as possible, reach for their potential and become valued, contributing members of society. The Presbyterian Church shared this important vision, and an old abandoned school building was secured in the community of Evergreen, becoming Evergreen School and serving individuals with disabilities.

2010 - Present


  • Catastrophic flooding damaged several of the homes of the individuals we serve.  Over 100 staff members’ homes were flooded and damaged.
  • A building was donated in Minden, LA to Evergreen.  The North Central Louisiana Division’s social enterprise, Possibilities ~ Antiques & Collectibles, moved into the space.
  • Officially closed the doors of the North Lake Supports & Services Center, with all individuals successfully being moved into community homes.


  • $85 million budget
  • Over 1,300 men and women served
  • Tax based dollars decreased by $2.5 million since 2009 and continue to decrease


  • The Timeless Café & Tearoom opened in Minden, LA
  • Opened first Cultural Arts Center in Fort Worth, TX
  • Opened a Cultural Arts Center in Sherman, TX
  • Began in-kind programs to help meet the needs of Evergreen’s expanding day centers and community homes.
  • Entered an agreement with the state to assume operations of the North Lake Supports & Services Center until Evergreen is able to move all individuals off the campus and into community homes.
  • Leased the West Calcasieu Multi-Handicapped Center until we were able to move its residents, who were living in poor conditions, into community homes.
  • Opened two new divisions – West Calcasieu, North Lake


  • Evergreen hires first female CEO, Sue Buchholtz
  • Vice President of Operations for the Central Region, Sharon Gomez, served as President of the National AAIDD organization


  • Began providing adult services in Arkansas




  • Krafty Kreations, a social enterprise that gives Evergreen individuals the opportunity to earn money through their art and creations opened in Ball, LA
  • Kentucky Division is opened
  • 953 individuals are served


  • John Taylor becomes fourth CEO of Evergreen


  • The Special Needs Trust was established for beneficiaries with disabilities, allowing him or her to enjoy the use of property that is held in the trust for his or her benefit, while at the same time allowing the beneficiary to receive essential needs-based government benefits.
  • West Tennessee Division is opened


  • Purchased Sherman Developmental Center in Sherman, Texas and transitioned residents to community homes.
  • Fort Worth Community Homes are opened


  • 750 men and women are served


  • Middle Tennessee Division opened


  • Possibilities Antique Mall opened in Minden, LA with hopes that it will help raise money and offer employment to Evergreen individuals.



  • Dr. Bernard Wagner served as President of National AAMR, now known as AAIDD (American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities)
  • 450 men and women are served


  • East Tennessee Division was opened


  • Arkansas Division opened with children’s services


  • The Evergreen Campus in Louisiana is closed.
  • Oklahoma Division and Southeast Louisiana Division were opened


  • North Central Texas Division in Dallas, TX and North Central Louisiana Division in Minden, LA were opened.



  • Southwest Louisiana Division in Lake Charles, LA and Northeast Texas Division in Texarkana, TX were opened.
  • 320 men and women are served


  • Dr. Bernard Wagner becomes the third CEO of Evergreen.


  • Opened the Central Louisiana Division


  • Evergreen opened its first two community homes, both in Shreveport, LA.  Evergreen was one of the first in the state of Louisiana to open community homes.


  • Vice President of Operations was hired, John Taylor


  • Incorporated as Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries, Inc.


  • Evergreen Vocational School and Evergreen Manor combined to become Evergreen Development Center



  • 240 men and women are served


  • Opened Evergreen Manor, a new living facility, on Campus
  • Started receiving Medicaid funding


  • Opened the Evergreen House (Today is Providence House in Shreveport, LA)
  • Gordan Hanson employed to assist Ralyn Parkhill, then became the second CEO of the organization


  • Evergreen Foundation was formed
  • First development staff hired to focus on development and church relations



  • Grant of $121,000 from Women of Presbyterian Church was received.



  • Evergreen Presbyterian Vocational School was incorporated
  • Evergreen started with a $15,000 budget
  • The first individuals that Evergreen served were four men with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Purchased farm and school, which became the Evergreen Campus
  • Relationship with the Synod of Louisiana began
  • Rayln Parkhill was hired as first CEO