Acres for Autism

Acres for Autism

From Donna Anderson

We are raising funds to build a 21 acre ranch and indoor sensory, play, and learning facility for children with Autism and other disabilities.

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We come to you on behalf of children with Autism and other disabilities and their families. My husband and I have a vision to establish a facility that caters to the needs of children with special needs and their families.  My husband is a Disabled Navy Veteran and I am a Registered Behavior Therapist (I work with children that have been diagnosed with Autism) and a substitute teacher at an Elementary School here in Greenville, Texas. Together we have ten adult children and fifteen grandchildren, therefore family is the heartbeat of what we do and who we are. The drive to create a place for children with special needs comes from witnessing the struggles of families lacking the facilities to support their children adequately. Many families find themselves unable to engage in simple outings or social activities due to a lack of suitable accommodations for their children, particularly those with conditions like Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or behavioral challenges. This leads to feelings of isolation, frustration, and exclusion for both the children and their families.

In 2022 I started a business, All Sweet Angels Child Services, I provide respite care to children with special needs, I provide consultation for resources, crisis intervention, behavior strategies, and environment modification as well.  I do not have a location that could accommodate my clients, I currently go to their homes, which sometimes takes away from the full effect. I would like to offer services in our own location that would allow parents to get some time for self-care, or a place for additional therapy, tutoring, or just a place that is theirs. We would like to purchase the twenty-one acres that we currently have under contract. (Our neighbor has Alzheimer’s and after his wife passed his children moved him to a nursing facility in Arkansas to be closer to them). They are selling it to cover his long-term care. We need your help to accomplish this land acquisition and development.

You can help us purchase 21 acres to develop an Equine Therapy Ranch for children and veterans with disabilities [This will be a non-profit; Elizabeth’s Place(in Formation)] and build an activity gym for children with special needs (The Spectacular Place): activities to help enhance balance and control, sensory rooms, tutoring and technology rooms, party room for birthday parties (since most children on the spectrum have sensory issues it’ll be designed with them in mind). We’ll have a garden, a parents’ café; for support groups, and a petting zoo. This site would also be a place where the local schools and daycares can have field trips. There is a home on the property that will be used for respite care, day programs, social living skill enhancement for our older clients. Your support is key in solving this problem.

 Would you consider donating to help us make a difference in the lives of these children? 

Your donation will have an impact on children with Autism and other disabilities, these are children in my community that do not have access to the necessary resources as I live in a rural area that is very much in the country. Therefore, resources are very limited to the families in this low-income area. I was able to get the property under contract, but my time is very limited to finalize the purchase of $465,000. Your donation will help with the purchase, development and staffing of our vision.  I will work with developers and builders to accomplish this goal. 

 The mission is to make a huge impact for families with children with disabilities and mental health struggles and our Non-profit Elizabeth’s Place Equine Ranch will serve disabled Veterans and children. All Sweet Angels Child Services will provide various services including respite and crisis solutions. The Spectacular Place will be an activity gym for children with special needs and their families. I know it will make a difference; one family at a time! We are working on forming the non-profit with the Secretary of State of Texas, securing more funding, marketing, team building and building web sites.

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