“This is the ideal partnership allowing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to have an affordable home of their own, along with opportunities for employment and community involvement,” said LaWanda Crawl, JF&CS’ Director of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services.
The organizations are actively looking for:
- Residents to live in the new home, located in Rutledge, Georgia, about 45 minutes east of Atlanta. The home is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Home care workers and house managers to support the individuals in their home
- Employment opportunities within the local community for the individuals
- “There are several former campers with medical and life challenges for whom the opportunity to live at Camp would be a dream come true. Camp Twin Lakes is excited to deepen our impact for Campers all year long, beyond the summer camp experience,” said Jill Morrisey, Camp Twin Lakes’ CEO.
With the support of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, the JF&CS/Camp Twin Lakes partnership began in 2012 with collaborative discussions of building a house together for adults with developmental disabilities on land owned by Camp Twin Lakes. Together, they then collaborated to raise money for and build this unique group home. Finally, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities from JF&CS’ IndependenceWORKS program began traveling to the new Camp Twin Lakes group home to assist with cleaning the cabins, providing them an opportunity to develop housekeeping skills. In addition, Helping Hands Ministry, located in Rutledge, donated appliances for the home. In 2015, the house was completed and the process to get full licensure began.
“The JF&CS program strives to offer opportunities for adults with disabilities to be as independent as possible and gain employment in the area of their interest,” said Rick Aranson, JF&CS CEO. “This unique and innovative project enables us to achieve these important goals.”
Both Camp Twin Lakes and JF&CS are focused on enriching the community and improving the quality of life for those in need.
“We are committed to offering employment for our residents in camp operations, which may include food service, housekeeping, program areas, or the farm. We are also committed to ensuring that the residents have opportunities to be a part of our local Morgan County community,” said Camp Twin Lakes COO, Dan Matthews.
For more information, please contact LaWanda Crawl at 770.677.9420.
Jewish Family & Career Services Atlanta is dedicated to making hope and opportunity happen for the metro Atlanta community. Established in 1891, Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS) offers programs and resources to help improve the quality of life and build self-sufficiency for individuals and families in greater Atlanta. Our vision is a community of empowered lives; our mission, making hope and opportunity happen. JF&CS serves thousands of individuals annually regardless of age, race, religion, national origin or ability to pay. For more information about our entire array of services, please call 770.677.9300 or visit JFCSatl.org. The main office is located at 4549 Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Atlanta.
About Camp Twin Lakes
For 25 years, Camp Twin Lakes has powered fully adaptive, medically supportive, and transformative camp experiences for children and young adults with serious illnesses, disabilities, and other life challenges. Partnering with more than 60 nonprofit organizations, each serving a different population, Camp Twin Lakes creates customized, intentional programming that teaches campers to overcome obstacles, grow in their confidence and capabilities, and experience the joys of childhood. The result is mindful, resilient, and confident children who are prepared to triumph over challenges. Annually, Camp Twin Lakes serves 10,000 children, leverages support from 3,500 volunteers, and proudly subsidizes 70% of the direct camp costs ($550) for every camper served. Get to know us at www.camptwinlakes.org.