Volunteer Service Council Terrell State Hospital
Volunteer Service Council     Terrell State Hospital

Our Story


In 1952, 13 local ladies had a vision of serving as volunteers to the Terrell State Hospital patients. Reaching out in compassion and becoming facilitators and allies to those with mental illness, this concept of  volunteerism within the state hospital system was so revolutionary that these ladies frequently were met with challenges and hurdles to overcome. But the "Gray Ladies" were determined and blazed a road of vision, service,  and compassion beyond their time.

Volunteer Services Council was formed

In 1954, the Volunteer Services Council (VSC) was formed. In the beginning, the VSC's service was limited to visiting patients, furnishing refreshments and assisting with occupational therapy.

Things changed in 1956, when the Volunteer Advisory Council, later to become the Volunteer Services State Council, was formed in Austin, Texas. The services offered by VSCs expanded and recreational centers, chapels and swimming pools began to appear on hospital campuses.  These were all conceived and paid for through the efforts of the volunteers.  


Things really began to change for the patients!

Modern Day 

The Volunteer program at TSH has grown and hundreds actively give of time, talent and money. Please partner with us as we carry on the vision of the Gray Ladies to help improve the lives of the patients at the Terrell State Hospital.

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the clients serviced by TSH.


Through fundraisers, donations, and volunteers, we supply services and items that the state cannot supply.

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Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.

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