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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

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 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.

1 Beth R.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love that they include siblings. Lots of different activities and they are so non-competitive.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Back in 2011, I met this wonderful lady Pauline Shaw...she filled me in on what this group was all about...I was truly inspired by this group then but even moreso now! Through the years, I always go to this group and read updates! I’m so moved by all the children, parents, and leaders of this group! The uplifting stories and pics of these beautiful & loving children can change any bad mood that you might have waken to...you know in your heart daily that these children, parents, & leaders of the Effingham County Navigator Team are a huge impact on this county...I love them all very much...some I’ve met, some I haven’t but they are the most awesome group in this county!

2 Ashley D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are so many incredible outlets to this organization. Not only do they meet and facilitate events for the children, but they also meet as a support group once a month for guardians to be able to share experiences, give one another tips, offer support, and ask questions. I have attended several meeting and left learning some new information every time! The recreational services provided through this group are fun, interactive, and bring inclusion to another level! I have seen amazing unity come over our county since this group began. I have witnessed first handedly typical kids mentor, assist, and encourage our kids who thought they would never cross a finish line, or home-plate. There is nothing more inspirational in life than witnessing a game or event of the Effingham county Navigators. The way they support one another as adults is incredible, the way they inspire our younger generation is truly a gift, and what they’re doing with our County is something I enjoy seeing, participating in, and will use as a testimony for the rest of my life. A review really doesn’t do this organization justice. You would just have to see it for yourself. They’re a family, and everyone is welcomed with opened arms.

2 Lynnette B.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Awesome support to allow all people to laugh and play together! #inclusionrevolution

1 Andrea B.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I absolutely love this group! They do so much for our community

2 Ashlie K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Effingham County Navigator Team has helped my family and I throughout the years. They have been a great outlet and resource for so many families within our community. They’ve helped me as a mother of a child with a disability to navigate the system with knowledge and power to advocate for not only my child but others. They’ve given multiple children opportunities to have lasting and meaningful relationships/friendships that otherwise would not have happened. They have allowed families to spend quality time together without the worries of doctor visits, diagnosis’s , and judgement within the community. They are a great organization and are well deserving of praise and gratitude for all they do.

2 Lori Burdo T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to their sporting events. They are an amazing group and do so much for the kids.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a provider in Savannah who has worked with MANY of the families involved with this organization it is very difficult to put into words the immense support The Navigator Team provides to those who are affiliated with them (and others).
The individuals who run it are REAL people (not suits) and live the lifestyle they are promoting day to day.
Being a heart first organization can be difficult but they are pulling it off and anyone involved is changed for the better because of them. They work closely with families to ensure they are involved and informed.
Thank you for all you do in this community!!

Jon - Therapist / Harper Aquatics

2 Jessica Nicole S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Effingham Navigator Team is amazing. The best throughout GA.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've never seen my sister so excited to see her Navigator friends. She loves baseball.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my daughter joined this group not only did she make friends but she made a new family. She loves being able to do things that she has never been able to do before.

3 Keith D D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Effingham County Navagator Team has been a great resource for my family and I. We are truly lucky to have them in our community.

3 Carson F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is one of the most amazing nonprofits I have ever personally seen or been involved with. They do such great things for so many families and individuals. Get involved with them ASAP!

2 Debbie F.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been a part of the Effingham County Navigator Team Family for close to 2 years.
My sweet Piper has multiple diagnosis. We found out quickly that the even though the diagnosis is different the resourses are the same. We share the same struggles and emotions along the way. It doesn't matter if it's a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen or someone to guide you in the right direction Pauline, Angela and Michelle are there as well as the other members. We have experienced feelings that I never thought we would. To see your non mobile child participate in a physical sport is the best feeling . To see her smile and laugh that big belly laugh because she is having so much fun is beyond words. I'm truly grateful for The Effingham County Navigator Team.

2

Client Served

Rating: 1

Effingham Navagator Team is more then a support group they are like family. My 4 year old grandson was diagnosed with Autism. The Effingham Navagator Team helped with my many questions and also attended his IEP meeting to make sure his needs are being met. God bless the Effingham Navagator Team.

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ECNTeam 06/10/2019

AW! Thank you so much for this wonderful review. We try hard to make everyone feel like family because we walk the same paths. I would like to ask why you only gave one star? If it was intentional, no worries. We still love ya! :)

3 Tonya Michelle D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization helping the special needs community. Need more people helping like this.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Effingham Navigators has been amazing for our boys. They go above and beyond to help, offer resources and give opportunities for inclusion. Our boys love being involved in extracurricular thanks to Effingham Navigators. I love seeing the pure joy on their faces while playing basketball and baseball. We are so thankful for the many services offered. We have made many new friends through this program. Effingham Navigators is a support system, it is a family.
So thankful, Jay and Ashley Smith

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ECNTeam 04/17/2019

Thank you so much for their amazing review! We want everyone to feel included and loved.

3 Kaysee C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group is the best of the best! Supportive, caring, accepting and overall loving of every child and their family that comes their way! My daughter loves her Gators as she calls it! We are so thankful for the opportunity to learn and grow with this team! Go Navigators!

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ECNTeam 04/17/2019

“Gators”! We LOVE it!!!

2

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.

3

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.