MISSION STATEMENT: To serve, respect and protect the rights, welfare and desires of each individual, not unto man, but unto the perfect will of God.


Visionary, Melonie B. Thompson realized a unmet need in the community when she was approached by Mr. & Mrs. McLeod to provide private respite care for their son, David.  Melonie recognized that all diligent, primary caregivers would benefit from a means of respite. Not only would this service be beneficial to caregivers but for those whom they tirelessly cared for as well.  

Inspired by the McLeod's, Melonie began putting her vision into motion. Melonie has served individuals with special needs and their caretakers for more than 30 years in almost every capacity.  Consequently, establishing her as a distinguished, trusted caregiver within the community. For this reason, it came as no surprise when caretakers, family members and co-workers embraced her vision as well.


In April 2003, Melonie’s Respite welcomed it’s first participant little Miss. Ashley Green. Finally in 2010, Melonie partnered with Volunteers of America Southeast and Carries House Group Home Services was established to provide a permanent home to persons with intellectual disabilities. To date Carrie House has expanded to five beautiful group homes. 

Once again, Melonie was approached by caregivers in the Theodore area seeking local day habilitation services as it was not an option in the area. After careful planning, in April 2011, Melonie’s Respite expanded to include a Day Habilitation Program as well.  It was renamed Melonie’s Respite & Day Habilitation, Inc. to better encompass the array of services offered by MR&DH, Inc.  Personal Care Services were added in late 2016. We endeavor to provide accountable, safe, effectual, person centered, unbiased services to all individuals.  Not unto man, but unto the perfect will of God. 


Melonie Thompson, 

Executive Director