Special Needs Cobb


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 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 residents 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

The ARC House
The ARC House was 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, and the first residents were three men with special needs.

The ARC Lighthouse
The ARC Lighthouse was built in 2007 in Mableton. Like SNC’s other homes, the ARC Lighthouse was built in conjunction with HUD and is ADA-compliant. This is SNC’s 13th group home.

The Butterfield House
Built in Marietta in 1998, the Butterfield House was the very first SNC group home. It’s named for Madalyn Butterfield, who was president of Cobb ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens) in 1990-91 and worked with the organization for 40 years. Madalyn had a special needs daughter, and she encouraged Cobb ARC to develop residential alternatives for people with mental retardation. 

Cassie’s Corner
Cassie’s Corner was built in 2011 in Marietta. Darrell and Sandra Tapp were instrumental in development and construction of the house and named it after their daughter and SNC group home resident, Cassie. Darrell served in several leadership positions for SNC. The leftover bricks from the house were used to build a barbeque grill for the residents to enjoy. 

The Cobb ARC House
The Cobb ARC House was built 2004 in Marietta. It was built in conjunction with HUD, is ADA- compliant and is a 2,400-square-foot facility. 

The Coleman Drive/Powell House
The Coleman Drive/Powell House in Marietta was built in 2004. It’s named in honor of Nannie Mae Powell, the mother of former Cobb ARC President and board member, Donna Wallace. Nannie Mae had three children, one of whom was born with special needs. 

The Eighteenth House
The Eighteenth House was built in 2007 in Mableton. This is actually SNC’s 15th 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. 

The Gordon Road House
The Gordon Road House was built in 2003, and it is named after its location in Austell. A 2,400-square-foot facility, it was constructed in conjunction with HUD and is ADA-compliant.

The House on Greenbrook Circle
The House on Greenbrook Circle was built in 2002 and is 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. 

The Greenbrook House
The Greenbrook House was built in 2001 in Mableton. This 2,400-square-facility was the fourth house built by SNC, in conjunction with HUD. 

The Grindle House
The Grindle House was built in 2005 in Marietta. It is 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, and Shirley’s husband and former board member, Jonathan McClenny, also donated money to name the Grindle House after Shirley and her parents. Ashley Norvell, a granddaughter of the Grindles, registered the house at Target so that people could easily donate needed items. Jonathan remained on the SNC Board of Directors, even after Shirley’s death, until 2016.

The Kenny Cox House
The Kenny Cox House was built in 2013 in Marietta. Judy Cox, who was instrumental in founding Cobb ARC more than 60 years ago and a former Cobb ARC president, donated money for the home in honor of her son, Kenny, who was born with Down Syndrome. The house has a sports theme because Kenny loved sports, especially baseball. Kenny was a participant in the Special Olympics. This house currently serves as a home for medically fragile residents.

The Kephart House
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, as well as to furnish both houses.

The Lewis Road House
The Lewis Road House was built in 2000 in Powder Springs. This house was a true collaborative effort of the community with donations from Pam Redmond of the Cobb Community Service Board (CSB), Todd Citron who donated the land, Tony and Wendy Schegel whose donations helped furnish the house as well as other donations of engineering, land surveys, soil tests and environmental tests from various local companies. 

The Louise Place House
The Louise Place House was built in 2007 in Austell. John Weiland Homes Second Mile Project donated money to help purchase appliances for the house, and Elkay Plumbing donated a sink and faucets. 

The Michael Huff House
The Michael Huff House was built in 2008 in Mableton. Community service workers donated 500 hours of their time to build the house. It is named in honor of Michael Huff, who was a Cobb ARC board member and family law attorney who provided free legal advice and services to Cobb ARC. He became involved with Cobb ARC because his stepson was born with Down Syndrome, and he was a tireless advocate for people with special needs.   

The Mulberry House
The Mulberry House was built in 2010 in Austell. It was constructed by SNC in conjunction with HUD, is ADA-compliant and is a 2,496-square-foot facility. It is the 10th house built by RitC. 

The Paschal House
The Paschal House was built in 2007 in Austell. It is 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, and she was instrumental in working with Housing and Urban Development to acquire more group homes during her tenure. The Paschal House features an Early American theme with photos taken by the couple. Norm, who also supported SNC’s annual golf tournament fundraising event, selected the shrubbery and plants and designed the landscape plan.

The Sara Fera House
The Sara Fera House was built in 2008 in Austell. Impressed with how Cobb ARC served the special needs community, Sara donated money to build and furnish two group homes, the Sara Fera and Kephart Houses. The Cobb County Employees Friendship Club joined Sara’s efforts by donating funds to purchase appliances for the house. Sara believed it was important to give back when you have the opportunity to help others. 

The Sweetwater House
The Sweetwater House was built in 2012 in Austell. It is an ADA-compliant, 2,499-square-foot facility constructed in conjunction with HUD. It is the 22nd house built by SNC. 

The Twelfth House
The Twelfth House was built in 2006 in Marietta. The Raymond A. Cash Foundation donated $20,500 to furnish the house. Ginger Felts, daughter of Michael S. Huff, joined the Cobb County Employees EXCEL class of 2006-2007 to donate and plant all the plants around the house in memory of her dad for whom the Michael Huff house is named. They also built a fence and a nature trail. 

The Willow House
The Willow House was built in 2012 in Marietta in conjunction with HUD. It is a 2,499-square-foot, ADA-compliant facility. Brian Rindt & Associates donated toward the environmental testing required for the house. 

The Jared House
The Jared House was built in 2005 in Cartersville. It’s named after Jared Lovell, a special needs resident of the home. It was built by The First Baptist Church of Cartersville, where the Lovells were members, on land donated by the church. Jared’s father, a contractor, oversaw the construction of the house, and his mother painted the horse mural in the foyer. The church raised $20,000 to furnish the home for Jared and its other special needs residents.