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EFFINGHAM COUNTY NAVIGATOR TEAM INC

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Autism, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Civil Rights, Disabilities, Disabled Persons Rights, Health, Humanities

Mission: Our mission is to provide an outlet to advocate, give a voice and strengthen famiiles with special needs children. Our goal is to provide children with disabilities of Effingham County and surrounding areas a better quality of life through community awareness, support, resources, training, and recreation.

Results: We have supported over 40 families to date. We have supported each other. We are growing stronger and strengthening families and communities.

Target demographics: Children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities a better quality of life through community awareness, support, resources, training, and recreation.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 40 families.

Geographic areas served: Effingham County, Georgia and surrounding areas

Programs: community awareness, support, resources, training, and recreational programs.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Pat Pearson M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Until I learned about the Navigator Team I had no support in raising my granddaughter with Lennox Gastaut Syndrome (a form of severe intractable epilepsy). My husband had passed away and it was just Isabel and me. The Navigator team wrapped their arms around us and guided us to resources as well as companionship and love. I cannot measure the extent they improved both Isabel and my quality of life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love playing sports! This year I got to play on a major league ballfield with all my friends and my sister. It was so much fun. We were all in the newspaper and on the news. I have so much fun with all my friends!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love playing baseball, basketball, and going bowling. I have made a lot of friends and we get a lot of trophies too.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is such a wonderful group. It has given my son a chance to participate in sporting activities we probably would not have tried. They are also very supportive if you need help in advising you of your options to provide services to your special needs child. We have been blessed to be a part of it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

Favoritism is rampant and the same individuals are always favored while the rest feel left out.

Comments ( 1 )

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ECNTeam 08/03/2018

I am so sorry you were made to feel this way. Please know, this is not intentional. Our group is parent led and our events can get hectic at times as we also have our own children to supervise. It gets impossible for us to get to everyone. Thanks for your honesty. We can not fix what we don't know.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Amazing support group for adults combined with a wonderful athletic / sports program for children with special needs. They work to involve the child’s whole family in activities. Newer parents have the opportunity to learn from the more seasoned parents as well as develop allies in the daily struggles and joys of life with a special needs child. Each parent and child participant will be blessed for years to come from participating in this amazing group!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for Effingham County Navigator Team I have learned so much from this great group. So amazing how they make you feel loved and always ready to help if I need help with child. My child loves his extended family, he enjoys bowling with his friends and riding his bike in the Christmas parade each year.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been a blessing seeing this organization grow the last 8 years! Children and adults have formed lasting friendships. I joined the very first meeting to find supports for my child, but ended up finding a network of families, communiies, and businesses , that have joined together to make the world a better, accepting place for everyone’s tomorrows.

2 Theresa Tirpak M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am grateful. The Navigator Team has made an enormous positive impact on me and and my son' life

1 shawby

Board Member

Rating: 5

Effingham County Navigator Team is an excellent non-profit group. As an adult living with autism, this group has helped me learn to use my own voice in becoming a self advocate, as well as an advocate for others. They provide many social activities, opportunities to play sports, and they also have support meetings for families. The Navigator Team also helps individuals and families find resources to assist those with disabilities to live their best independent lives too!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I’m an adult diagnosed with autism. ECNT is a great group that helps me with resources and training so I can be a better advocate for myself and others. We also have a great time socializing together!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Being a part of a group of families that have "needs" in common has been great for our family. We started out small, and just attended the monthly support group meeting in the beginning, but before long we were going to every event that The Navigator Team put together. From bowling, baseball, basketball, parties, a small get together, to the big Christmas party at the end of the year they make it fun for all our kiddos, but most
of all they make us feel included, wanted and welcomed! Our son is not a fan of large groups or even leaving the house most days, but when we say we are doing something with ECNT/The Navigator Team he is eager to go!

1 Hollie Nicole P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I love this group. We would be so lost on things with out them. As a mom of a child who doesn't socialize with children his age, to see him laughing and playing with children in this group brings joy to my heart. All the parents are great as well and we have made many friends. We are beyond blessed to have found this group

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing group of people! The "team" goes above any beyond helping with needs a family may have, and with organizing fun events for our children. We started going to support meetings earlier this year, and from meeting ONE we felt welcomed! It takes a village to raise a child, and I am so glad that ECNT is our village.

1 Lindsey H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined this group about 6 months after moving to Georgia. My family had been struggling with finding resources for our autistic son. He and I were also struggling to find friends. We joined this group and got both. The Navigators helped my family get signed up with Family Supports, heled us find an advocate for school, advised us on how and when to talk to the school. They've also become our extended family. The Navigators provide so many activities to bring the families and kids together. They help the kids play sports and go on fun outings. My family has found a group to help guide us through the maze of special needs services, is always welcoming and encouraging, and has led to some of the strongest friendships I've ever experienced.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm so impressed with the amount of dedication this organization puts forth to help raise awareness for children and adults with disabilities!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an Organization made by The Community for for the Community, Warm Welcoming Families and Happy Loving Children . Always a Fantastic Gathering or Event to Enjoy As a family with Families. Epic Memmories to Envelop all the Happiness of the Giffted

2 Michelle Hansen S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has been involved with this group for several years. We have made friendship that will last forever. My son has been able to do sports with this group, which is something that he would not be able to do without them. They are always there for you when you need them without hesitation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Effingham County Navigator Team is a great group to be a part of. All who attend are welcomed and feel at home. Thanks for some great times.

2 Heather C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group has been one of the best things that has happened for my family. They have helped me figure out next steps since my son's diagnosis, and to get my son's school accommodations in place. My son has made friends (as have I) within the navigator team better than anywhere else. He is able to play the sports he is interested in without embarrassment or reluctance. He took his first ever picture with the Easter bunny because they understood and respected his aversion to being touched. I can't stress enough the positive impact that ECNT has made in our lives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Effingham County Navigator Team is a great community to be a part of! We have been accepted and loved since our first meeting

2 Vicki W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Effingham County Navigator Team is a great group. They provide social activities, hold monthly support meetings, and advocate for individuals of all abilities, while helping them to become strong self-advocates. The support meetings provide an opportunity for parents/caregivers to talk and share their experiences, and to offer support to one another.
Whether it's bowling, water parks, or a Christmas party, the social activities are always a good time. Life long friendships are formed here.