The story of We Have Come This Far By Faith “Angels With Special Needs” began with twelve severely disabled children youth who’s parents desire to have their children involved in a program that would provide recreational and socialization activities with others especially during summer vacation, holidays, and weekends like children without disabilities enjoy.
To facilitate their desire and provide for an unmet need in their community the parents and a group of like minded individuals came together in 2004, and started it’s first three week summer day camp and activities program free of any charges to the families which has continued forward since with increased participation which has evolved into a non profit organization for children with severe disabilities.
We Have Come This Far By Faith “Angels With Special Needs” is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enrich and enhance the quality of life for children and youth with severe disabilities.
The Reason We Are Here
Imagine a child whose severe disability or multiple disabilities prevents them from enjoying their childhood, from doing the things so many of us take for granted. Imagine a child whose daily routine excludes their ability to walk, talk, or care for themselves. Imagine a family who would do anything to ease their child’s pain and struggle, to make their child’s life enriched with fullness and happiness, to contribute holistically their child’s equality of life. Angels With Special Needs Organization exists today to make a difference in the life of those angels who have been sent to us from above children and youth with severe disabilities. However, since 2004, in an effort to benefit and provide our services to the masses of (ages 6-21) severely disabled children and youth in our geographic region we are focusing on providing year-round inclusion inclusive recreational and socialization opportunities and a respite program for the parents and caregivers.
To provide the opportunities for needed programs and services we are consulting with the Richland/Lexington County Special Needs Disability Board, and ARCH-National Resource Center for Respite Services attempting established a partnership to facilitate our/their programs and services in the communities. While we advocate for the inclusion of all the disabled persons however, we are dedicated to helping provide programs and services that will improve, enrich, and enhance the quality of life of severely disabled children in the State of South Carolina.
Need and Goals
The goal of the Angels With Special Needs Organization is to identify people in support of providing financial assistance for the purpose of serving children with severe special needs. The funds will be used to provide inclusion inclusive opportunities to recreational, socialization, and quality respite care, programs and services for children and youth with severe disabilities and their families.
We do not generates an income from our program and services. We depend entirely on contributions from foundations, corporations and individuals.
Our staff is a host of dedicated volunteers who share the commitment of enriching the quality of life of severely disabled children and youth. The volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds some of which are; family members, special education teachers, occupational, physical, and speech therapists, developmental specialists, high school and college students. The staff have diverse cultural backgrounds, and nearly 90% of the 30 staff members are parents of disabled children, or members of families with disabilities. We strive to strengthen and contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of the total family unit.