enAble’s mission is to support people with special needs to lead fulfilled lives – physically, intellectually and socially.
enAble was established in 1979 as the North Fulton County Group Home Association by a group of parents seeking community services for their young adult children with developmental disabilities. The agency’s first two group homes opened in 1982 and a third in 1987. The majority of the remaining homes opened in the 1990s, with the exception of the last two opening in 2003 and 2007. All of the homes currently serving 60 people are located throughout Fulton County. enAble was known as RRA (Residences for Retarded Adults, Resources for Retarded Adults, and Resources and Residential Alternatives) from 1983 until the most recent name change in 2007. Our Day and Employment Services program began in 1990, our Respite Services commenced in 2001, and we received our Private Home Care License in 2006 to begin providing in-home supports.
Q. Who do you serve?
enAble currently serves 127 individuals with primary diagnoses of: autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and intellectual disability. More than half of those we serve have significant secondary conditions such as: physical disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, seizure disorders, and vision and hearing impairments. Our population served ranges in age from 14-84.
Q. What is your organization’s biggest accomplishment?
Our proudest accomplishment has to be that since the opening of our first two group homes in 1982, enAble has been committed to supporting individuals on a long-term basis. Whenever possible, we support people throughout their entire adult life span, starting at young adult. enAble is proud to provide safe, stable, secure housing and innovative day enrichment and employment training so that those we serve may feel like valued, inclusive members of their community.
Q. What is enAble of Georgia’s biggest need?
enAble is currently experiencing two great needs: 1) funding to complete the build-out of our headquarters’ existing warehouse space for the purpose of serving up to 250 additional persons with disabilities; and 2) funding to offset the cost of care for those with profound disabilities who do not have family financial support and whose disability funding does not cover all their necessary healthcare costs.
Q. What is your organization’s plan for the future?
enAble anticipates breaking ground on our Roswell warehouse build-out by late fall 2013 People with disabilities in our community are in great need of the services we offer. The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities reports that approximately 7,000 people languish on a waiting list to receive Medicaid funding that will pay for vital care. As these waivers are approved, the repurposed warehouse space will literally enable us to serve up to 250 of these individuals in need and their families.