“Special Needs Cobb has been a lifeline of support for our family! Their compassion, care and guidance show they’ve walked a mile in our shoes.”
– Sherry Stempel, special needs parent
We serve families across the region who would otherwise fall through the cracks in our healthcare and social services systems because of the lack of affordable, safe care for loved ones with Developmental, Physical and Intellectual Disabilities.
Special Needs Cobb provides families with resources, respite and residential options to give their loved one the best path to greater independence, inclusion and self-determination.
In 1956, a small group of Cobb County parents fought the prevailing system of the time of institutionalizing children with developmental disabilities, determined that they would not put their kids away. They became known as Right in the Community, a trailblazing organization in the Special Needs community that accomplished many “firsts” to meet the needs they saw. In 2021, we became Special Needs Cobb, and we are still blazing a trail to provide Resources, Respite and Residential services for families right in the community.
We focus on the entire family unit, not just the individual. We provide respite care to relieve some of the stress of caregiving, keeping families strong and together. We connect parents with other families who “get it,” and hold their hands as they navigate the complicated system of resources. Finally, we give people with disabilities a path to greater independence and opportunities to shine and reach their full potential.
We are asking all who are able to give $65 – simply $1 for every year we’ve been supporting individuals like Diana.
This year, we are celebrating our birthday and SNC resident, Diana, also 65 (see story below), by launching our $65 for 65 years Campaign in honor and support of the many families who need us.
Not all SNC residents have family support like Diana. Nearly 40% of SNC residents are orphans or have no connection to family members, which means they have only the support we are able to provide them. They deserve a home, not just a place to stay, and a life. Thank you for helping us help them by giving today, as the expenses far exceed government support.
At 65, Diana is enjoying living in her “own” house with her roommates and takes pride in the fact that her house is clean and well maintained. To Diana, the SNC Sara Fera House means friends, fun and an adventure always around the corner!
Since March of 2012, she has made many friends. Diana especially enjoys watching TV Westerns with her roommate, Steve. They both know what time it is depending on which theme song they hear! She enjoys sharing meals with her suite mates and “hanging out” on the patio when the weather is nice, relaxing at a local park, taking drives, going out in the community, and participating in events. Diana feels safe and secure at Sara Fera House.
Join Us! Celebrate with Cobb’s original special needs nonprofit.
Monday, April 25, 2022
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Piedmont Church Conference Center
Honoring Special Needs Residents,
Respite Home Attendees, Volunteers and Donors
Lexi is a soft spoken young lady, and she lights up any room with her beautiful smile. Lexi is a girly girl who loves to get a mani and pedi and show off her nails. She enjoys being with her friends, no matter what the activity!
Daniel is non-verbal, although he will sign some words such as “eat” and “drink.” He loves to clap your hands together as his way of saying hello. The twinkle in Daniel’s eyes when he’s happy shows so much love. Daniel sitting down on the floor is a sure sign that he’s content.
Allen enjoys coming to respite, where he loves to be a helper. One of his favorite ways to help is carrying items for our staff. He’s a gentleman and loves holding the door for others. His favorite field trip is going to Zoo Atlanta, where he acts as our tour guide. Allen always makes sure that staff and clients see all the zoo has to offer, especially the elephants!
Contact us for information on Residential Special Needs Group Homes and Special Needs Respite Home.
Fill out the form above to find out about getting family help, volunteering opportunities and other ways to get involved.
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