501c3 non-profit organization We admit individuals of any religion, race, color, and national or ethnic origin. We have a Strong Christian influence! Serving our Special Needs since 2006!
AFFILIATIONS Mental Health/Mental Retardation of Tarrant County - MHMRTC [Contracted] Berry Family Services - contracted Touch of Class - contracted Calab Services
Family Support Council of Tarrant County, Committee Arc of Greater Fort Worth Easter Seals Down Syndrome Partnership of Tarrant County Our Special Children
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS Darlene J. Hollingsworth Kent Hopkins Kathy Grames Jaye Martin Lindsey Mahler Jo Svolak Carol Lopez Gary Short ADVISORY BOARD Gene Lucas
About Our Founder/President
DARLENE J. HOLLINGSWORTH is pictured here with her son, Jonathan. Darlene is a single mom raising her son who was born with Down Syndrome. Darlene was terminated from her 8-3 job because she couldn't give her employer 8 more hours a week -- She needed to be home for her son during the after-school hours. There are day-cares for the elementary kids and there are adult day habs for the older people but there wasn't anything for 13-22 year old kids in all of Northeast Tarrant County. The "Forgotten Age Group." As a TV host said, "we bridge the gap." Thus, seeing a need for a place for teens and young adults, she started THE CLUBHOUSE FOR SPECIAL NEEDS, Inc. in Bedford, Texas. In less then one year: the concept, incorporated - 501c3, and opened the doors in 2006!
Earlier years: Darlene & "Peggy" -- 24 yrs as a Gospel Ventriloquist traveling across the U.S. and four states in Brazil, S.A. 14 yrs as staff at a camp in Wisconsin - Trail Ridge Camp Cherith. == Director of horse camp for teenage girls.
Self-published Author of "Without U: Raising a Child with Down Syndrome," and completed two children books in a series "WE THREE.". www.lulu.com/spotlightwethree3
THE DREAM The Forgotten Age Group
There are programs for 12 and under and programs for adults in the special needs arena but ages 13-22 were a forgotten age group until The Clubhouse for Special Needs began.
There are over 3,000 junior high and high school young people with intellectual challenges alone. in three school district in our area .
What do you think these young people are doing after school? Nothing?
Why not provide a facility with a rec center atmosphere? A safe place. A fun place. A supervised place. A place our young people can call their own!
Can you imagine parents knowing their young people are having the "time of their life" in such a place? A fun and supervised "recreational" center!
On October 31, 2013 we purchased a 7,151 s.f. building and can serve 40+ special needs teens and young adults. This new building, however, does NOT have a gymnasium. Plans for the future are to expand further and build our dream gymnasium!
"THE DREAM" to Reality! SOCIALIZATION, NOT VEGETATION! "The Dream" idea/concept 2 1/2 stories- 14,000 sq. ft. facility with a full gymnasium
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