Special Needs Cobb

OUR GROUP HOMES

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.
– Margaret Mead

Beginning in 1997, Special Needs Cobb worked in partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to construct 23 ADA-compliant Group Homes for special needs adults in Cobb and Bartow counties. SNC, with the help of its generous donors, pays for the maintenance and upkeep of these facilities. These are “homes for life” for our 92 residents, who range in age from 18 to 85. Approximately 40 percent of our group home community are orphans or have no family connections and need SNC to keep a roof over their heads.

Our SNC Respite Home is Cobb County’s only facilities based respite program for special needs people. SNC built the Respite Home and maintains it with the help of the community. This one-of-a kind program meets a critical need by providing a caregiving break for special needs people and their families.

Scroll down beneath the gallery to read a description of each of these homes

ARC House – Cobb
Built in 1999 in Marietta. This was SNC’s second group home in Cobb County. Residents were selected by the Cobb/Douglas Regional Board based on need.

ARC Lighthouse – Cobb
Built in 2007 in Mableton. This is SNC’s thirteenth group home. The theme of this home is lighthouses and was named by our Deputy Director.

Butterfield – Cobb
Built in Marietta in 1998, and the very first SNC group home. Named for former Board President Madalyn Butterfield who served in 1990-91.

Cassie’s Corner – Cobb
Built in 2011 in Marietta. Darrell and Sandra Tapp were instrumental in the development of the house and named it after their daughter and SNC group home resident, Cassie.

Cobb ARC – Cobb
This 2,400-square-foot facility was built in 2004 in Marietta. This was the eighth group home built.

Coleman Powell – Cobb
Built in 2004 in Marietta. It’s named in honor of Nannie Mae Powell, the mother of former SNC Board President Donna Wallace. Nannie Mae had three children, one of whom was born with special needs.

Eighteenth – Cobb
Built in 2007 in Mableton. This is actually SNC’s fifteenth house built but is named for the 18th hole in golf and decorated with a golf theme, in a nod to the organization’s annual fundraiser.

Greenbrook Circle – Cobb
Built in 2002 and named for its location in Austell. The family of Tommy Tomberlin, a well-known architect in Atlanta, chose to honor Tommy’s memory by donating money toward the building of this house. 

Greenbrook – Cobb
Built in 2001 in Mableton. This 2,400-square-foot facility was the fourth house built by SNC.

Grindle – Cobb
Built in 2005 in Marietta. Named in honor of Ruby and Vincent Grindle, the parents of Shirley Grindle Norvell, a former SNC board member. Shirley’s daughter was a resident of the ARC House.

Kenny Cox – Cobb
Built in 2013 in Marietta. Judy Cox, instrumental in founding SNC more than 60 years ago and a former Board President, donated money for the home in honor of her son, Kenny, who was born with Down Syndrome. 

Kephart – Cobb
The Kephart House was built in 2009 in Austell. The house is named for Sara Fera, whose maiden name was Kephart. Sara donated money to build this house and the Sara Fera House.

Lewis Road – Cobb
Built in 2000 in Powder Springs. This was a collaborative community effort with donations from Pam Redmond of the Cobb Community Service Board, Todd Citron who donated the land, and IBM through Tony and Wendy Schlegel.

Louise Place – Cobb
The Louise Place House was built in 2007 in Austell. John Weiland Homes Second Mile Project donated money to purchase appliances for the house, and donations were also made by Elkay Plumbing.

Michael S. Huff – Cobb
Built in 2008 in Mableton. Community service workers donated 500 hours of their time to build the house. Named in honor of Michael Huff, who was a SNC board member and family law attorney who provided free legal advice and services to SNC. Their family’s involvement with SNC continues with Parks Huff, our current Board Vice President.

Paschal – Cobb
Built in 2007 in Austell. Named after Jerrie and Norm Paschal, in honor of their long-term dedication to the special needs community. Jerrie served as Executive Director of Special Needs Cobb for 29 years before retiring in 2017.

Ruth Hardin – Cobb
Built in 2003, it is the seventh group home built. It is named after the grandmother of one of the residents, Phillip Thomas, and the mother of longtime donor and current SNC Board President Kay Hardin Hiott.

Sara Fera – Cobb
Built in 2008 in Austell. Impressed with how SNC served the special needs community, Sara donated money to build and furnish two group homes, the Sara Fera and Kephart Houses.

Sweetwater – Cobb
Built in 2012 in Austell. The 2,499-square-foot facility is the twenty-second house built by SNC.

Twelfth – Cobb
Built in 2006 in Marietta. The Raymond A. Cash Foundation donated money to furnish the house. Ginger Felts and the Cobb County Employees EXCEL class of 2006-2007 provided landscaping assistance.

Willow – Cobb
This 2,499-square-foot facility was built in 2012 in Marietta. Brian Rindt & Associates donat­ed toward the environmental testing required for the house. 

Jared – Bartow
Built in 2005 in Cartersville. Named after Jared Lovell, a special needs resident of the home. It was built on land donated by the First Baptist Church of Cartersville, where the Lovells were members. 

Respite – Cobb
SNC is Cobb’s only facilities-based weekend respite house that serves special needs children and adults.