Philip Dana Hockensmith October 10, 1971 – August 25, 2001

Philip Dana Hockensmith
October 10, 1971 – August 25, 2001

In 1977, Pony Bird was born.  Named after a children’s book about a young boy and his magical flying pony, Pony Bird began as one home devoted to caring for 10 severely disabled children.

The Missouri Department of Mental Health quickly recognized Pony Bird’s outstanding achievements in the care of non-ambulatory individuals with severe to profound mental and physical disabilities.  As a result, they encouraged several expansions.

Today, Pony Bird provides 24-hour care for up to 60 non-ambulatory children and adults who are physically and mentally disabled.  The individuals supported are unable to meet their daily living needs without total assistance.  Pony Bird operates six residential homes in Mapaville and DeSoto, Missouri.