enAble of Georgia Offers Parents Support Services for Their Adult Children with Developmental Disabilities
enAble of Georgia will be holding their 23rd annual Golf and Tennis Tournament on Monday, October 16th at White Columns Country Club. This fundraiser follows the nonprofit’s Summer Wine Auction which occurred in July and the Dare to Dream Gala that took place in March. Founded in 1979 by North Georgia parents, enAble has set out to provide superior care and opportunities for adult children with developmental disabilities. Often, after graduating from high school, those individuals find there are few options available for them. enAble’s mission is to break down the wall of limitations special needs adults face to allow them to develop socially and more independently.
Adults from ages 22 to 86 (the age of the nonprofit’s oldest member) are housed in 18 different group homes. Each house accommodates four individuals and is equipped with 24 hour support. There is no time limit for enAble’s residents and some members have stayed with the residency program for more than 20 years. “We support them until we can’t,’ April Olsen, enAble’s Development Manager says.
Twelve of these group homes are located in Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Roswell and the other six are located in South Fulton. Group day programs are also held in both North and South Fulton where individuals may take part in avocations such as music therapy, tennis, theatre and the production of a news publication. Each group session caters to about 50 people at a time. enAble also provides prevocational services that provide tools to help individuals with developmental disabilities find jobs and instruction on how to maintain employment.
In the future, enAble hopes to be able to care for even more adults because Fulton County’s needs exceed the current facilities. To be able to maintain this level of care and expand to accommodate more individuals, enAble holds fundraisers throughout the year including the annual Gala and Wine Auction. “This year’s auction was hosted by Bentley Atlanta. They provided tastings and prizes for guests, ” Olsen says.
The upcoming Golf and Tennis Tournament has proven to be a favorite in the past as all participating individuals with devlopment disabilities are able to be heavily involved in the festivities. “We hone in on ability rather than disability.” April says, “We have several people that participate in both tournaments and others that help pass out thank you notes and snacks to everyone.”
The organization raised $87,000 at last year’s tournament and has set a goal of $90,000 for this year.
enAble takes pride in living up to the motto, “Supporting people with special needs to lead fulfilled lives,” by looking beyond disabilities and empowering group members to realize their potential. Opportunities to help facilitate this cause as well as portals to event information and the donation center can be found at enablega.org.