Our mission is to provide opportunities for individuals with intellectual and Developmental disabilities to lead independent and extraordinary lives.
Dear Friends of ETA Teen Center Inc.:
Preparing an annual report gives us the opportunity to reflect on what has happened in the previous year and be thankful for what has been accomplished. The past year created opportunities for us to continue to provide services for families so they are able to work or enjoy a time of respite. In addition, we are able to provide summer employment for teenagers who want money for their upcoming school year.
ETA Teen Center, Inc. – Exceptional Teens & Adults – is a private, non-profit organization. We are taxexempt under 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. We offer a variety of community outreach activities for volunteers. Our mission is completed by our team of dedicated board members, employees, as well as adult and youth volunteers. Staff members include an Executive Director, who serves without compensation. During the Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) breaks college students and high school students are hired to work as support staff with the participants.
Donations are received from individuals and local businesses. Even though we experience challenges in funding, we continue to help families by having a place for their teen or young adult to stay while they work, seek employment, or continue their education.
Families have been provided advocacy and informational assistance so they can remain connected with their son/daughter if they are assigned a state guardian. As an advocate for the teenagers, we assist families with the information needed to access services that will help them care for their son/daughter in their home – i.e. Medicaid assistance, home health supplies, bath aides, respite care, home modifications and behavior supports.
We helped families maintain their employment by providing after school and school-break programming for their teenagers and young adults with Autism, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. Their teenagers have a safe place to come while their parents work, or enjoy a time of respite. The parents are comfortable in knowing their children are being taken care of as family, and the students are excited about the educational, social, and recreational opportunities they have with their peers. Our participants are middle and high school students (grades 6-12, ages 11-21). Families especially like our hours for after school services. For information on our annual income and expenses, please contact Rose Walton at 502-290-1585.