ENN opens doors for special needs children that are sadly usually closed. Whether it is horse therapy, safe and fun summer camps, or a warm community for parents who need it the most, ENN is truly exceptional!!
ENN has been a wonderful resource for the children with special needs & their families.
Their camps are beyond amazing with dedicated staff & volunteers making the experience joyful and beautiful!!
This is perhaps the greatest nonprofit organization I have ever known. ENN organizes and runs a special needs camp which my son was able to attend for a few years. It was always the highlight of his year where he could be himself and be accepted for it. ENN and their volunteers work hard and put their heart into providing this wonderful camp for exceptional individuals. ENN also provides parent workshops and has a great network to broadcast needs and requests from individuals associated with their nonprofit. I can't say enough great things about this organization and the people who make it work.
This video shows exactly why ENN is one of the best non profits ever!
My teenage son is who quite severe on the Autism spectrum just loves the ENN camp in Livermore. We doubted they could handle such a challenging case but our doubts were for naught. The people are so wonderful! He is mostly nonverbal but on his second visit he managed to communicate to us that we could get lost ;-) , almost immediately after pulling into the parking lot. I see ENN members like Kristen working tirelessly all year long with the community to connect parents and children with the resources they need. When they had to cancel camp because of COVID-19 they didn't just say "oh well", they created a virtual camp. Truly wonderful organization.
Our experience with ENN involves their Camp Arroyo event with Taylor Family Foundation in Livermore, California. This has been the one overnight camping event that we have had our severely autistic son (17) attend. The organizers and volunteers that work with the kids are amazing. I have not heard of them turning anyone away due to severity of their disability. It’s more likely you will hear “don’t worry, we got this!” and they do. Staff will remind parents/caregivers to use the camp time for yourself. This year was the 3rd time, my son was to this camp. He doesn’t really speak much but still made it clear that we could bugger off once we got him in the parking lot to drop him off. He had an unbelievable time! For days after coming home, he was trying to relive the experience by putting a name tag on his shirt and a loose fitting belt to simulate the rock wall harness (he made it to the top). Due to some extenuating circumstances in our house, this was exactly what the doctor ordered. Thanks ENN and to those that support this charity!
Great people organizing for a very well managed and very inclusive camp. My son looks forward to going to ENN's camp every year!
The ENN organization has brought a sense of Acceptance to my son. ENN has let my son just be himself without judgement. ENN is a place of LOVE for ALL:)
We TRULY APPRECIATE ALL who are INVOLVED.. It really does take a VILLAGE:)
Since we’ve been apart of the ENN family and the summer camp
my son has been more social with his peers. ENN is such a blessing to our as well as other families. To have a organization that provides a “getaway/vacation “ for all the exceptional children is such a wonderful and memorable experience for them all
Very organized and caring, put in a lot of efforts to make activities fun and cater to special need populations. Thank you.
They do good work for those in need. Their fundraising, outreach, and communications are all critical.
Excellent staff and volunteers who care about the children and their needs. I feel real comfortable and secure when I leave my two boys in their care.
ENN is an amazing charitable group in our community! We were so lucky to learn about ENN and its summer sponsored camp when my daughter was young and has now attended the annual camp at Camp Arroyo for over 10 years! Camp is staffed with absolutely amazing team members, mentors, volunteers and just all around loving and caring folks. My daughter only cries when she has to come home! Thank you ENN for all that you do for our special needs community!!
ENN is an amazing non~ profit! My daughter has attended camp for many years. She looks forward to camp every year that she has attended. As a parent I feel so comfortable dropping her off and such amazing people working at camp. Also all the people “behind” the scenes are wonderful!!
My son counts down the days to camp! It is a place where he feels himself and safe to try things he would not typically do in the big world!….We love ENN!
I started helping with Camp ENN maybe 2 or 3 years ago, and it’s been such a fulfilling experience. I love serving individuals with exceptional needs and love meeting new people along the way. Leadership at camp have the best people running it, they are so selfless and kind! This is the greatest nonprofit I’ve ever come across and I’m so blessed to be part of it!!!
I am a Paraeducator in PUSD and my students are so greatly served by the amazing staff at ENN.
This residential camp is so vital to our community and the campers they serve.
I see these families come in with the weight of the world on their shoulders and after the most wonderful 3 days they pick up their children and everyone is happy and hugging and some cry happy tears.
ENN gives these amazing families the best gift of time and peace for parents and campers.
I am so blessed to call ENN home.
I have been with ENN for 15 years and I have loved every minute of it! I get such joy in helping families get the respite they so need and deserve!
This is a group that is supportive and truly about helping families! They run an amazing summer camp for kids and they have a wealth of advice and suggestions from members of the group. Very thankful for ENN
I think five star is not enough to rate this organization. I heard a lot of great feedback from parents with Special needs who had their kids be part of their camps... Now that my own child had been part of their camp, I can attest how great ENN is! My daughter is under the spectrum, her deficit is communication and transition. SO, if you are a parent you will freak out when your child has to camp and sleep there for 3 nights! Eversince she was born she never slept in a place without her parents.... so imagine the anxieties we had. Their staff was AWESOME from the walk thru, communication to parents, and basically was there every step of the way to make the camp successful for the child. Rayna Blakley and Ashley Sturm did above and beyond by pairing my daughter with a counselor that she's been with during Summer. Being a working parents, we only had time to talk to them after work and Rayna set some time at night to talk.... that is dedication!!!!
Kirsten Sprott who's been responsible for communication ALWAYS on top of every single emails for parents and she even helped me network with other parents...
Overall, most of the non profit org I've known are good, but ENN is exceptional!!!! they are very organized, customer oriented staff, they have the dedication to help and want to really help. So if you ever will work with ENN, you are in good hands!!!! no doubt
We LOVE ENN and the resources they provide our special needs family. We were so thankful for the camp our son was able to go to this summer. The staff and organizers go above and beyond!
We absolutely loved enn!! My son had an amazing time with his counselor and all theactivities. We hope to do it again next year!!.
We were so fortunate to discover the Exceptional Needs Network by Taylor Family Foundation. With a challenging ASD child they welcomed him with open arms and he ended up having the time of his life! We have since signed him up again this year (11/2019)!! It's Special Needs "Glamping" at it's finest!! Kudos to the Taylor's for adding a All-Inclusive setting for these wonderful kids and young adults!! We only wish the duration was longer!!
ENN provides great support to parents who have kids with special needs.
Parents can ask questions, exchange information and receive notification for special events.. etc.
Parents and our kids both benefit from those important and valuable information from ENN!
ENN provides events that are great for all abilities. We have participated in the 'Lil Pardners Rodeo. It was a fun event for the entire family and very well organized! My son had the best time at Camp ENN last fall! The staff and counselors were so great with accommodating his medical and dietary needs. He was busy the entire time with activities, arts and crafts, music and dancing. He is looking forward to it again this year! I am very thankful for the opportunities that ENN provides to allow my son to have some happy memories for life!
Not only does ENN provide an exceptional camp experience for children with developmental dis abilities, it provides a fantastic camp where teens can volunteer and learn much about the capabilities and joy of differently abled children. Both of my children have volunteered for multiple sessions as activity aides and one is now coming back as adult staff. What started as a volunteer hours commitment is now a summertime must do event. We believe that summer camp can be a transformative experience for all children and that’s exactly what Camp ENN does!❤️
My son, Josh, age 22, has been a longtime member of ENN. He's attended ENN hosted summer camps and I have benefited by being part of a network of parents and volunteers that share useful information that allows me to better my sons life. Josh and our family have made lifelong friends thanks to ENN.
Previous StoriesRead more
My son went to ENN camp this past summer and had the best time ever. Not only did it help him socially, it also helped him with his skills of independence. We were so grateful for this experience.
My daughter loves going to camp. I never have to worry about her as I know she will be well cared for and all her needs will be met.
My daughter loves going to camp. Before we even get home she is asking when she can go again. A safe haven where she can be herself and have fun with her peers. I never have to worry about her welfare when she's at camp. Staff know her well and greet her in the community when they see her. The facilities are the best. They meet her dietary needs and the food is wonderful. Truly a blessing!
For many years, my son who has autism has attended ENN’s Camp Arroyo. The staff there is so kind, loving and supportive. They do a wonderful job of making every camper feel like family. Camp is always fun and relaxing. My son enjoys going to camp every year. We enjoy seeing everyone and getting some time for ourselves. ENN is the best!!! Thank you for all you do.
My son has been attending ENN's Camp Arroyo for 10 years. He has low functioning autism with little language and sensory sensitivities. He enjoys his time at camp hanging out on the patio and enjoying the beautiful and peaceful setting. At camp he can just "be" and have a break from the demands of school and afternoon activities.
The board members know my son and many other campers outside of camp and as a result creates a family friendly environment.
Review from Guidestar
This is the best special needs camp ever! They go out of their way to make the experience good for the kids, and can handle a wide variety of emotional/behavioral/medical issues. The volunteers work year round to make camp a special experience for these children who don’t always have many other options. And they care about the family as well—it’s a very holistic group—so giving overwhelmed families a break is also an important function they provide.
Amazing organization that has helped our son explore beyond his years. A well organized camp that has changed our family for the better.
Our son attended ENN camp last year for the first time. It was also his first time away from us. He absolutely loved it! We were so relieved upon arrival after meeting the exceptional staff and felt comfortable leaving him. He has talked about his weekend of camp fondly for the last year and can't wait to attend again this upcoming fall session! We can'T express our appreciation to ENN enough!
Review from Guidestar
I have volunteered for this organization and never have I seen a group of people that are as selfless as this group. EVERYONE is willing to chip in and give their all and the best part about being around these people is how much they enjoy being with these adult/kids and are having fun doing whatever is they are doing. God bless them, every one of them!
Everything about ENN makes me smile. The people who work there, the pictures and videos I see online, my own experience working there as a Relief Counselor , the fundraiser at Tommy T's, the Counselors having fun with each other as well as bursting with enthusiasm for their camper. The emphasis for the camper is to enjoy each day independent of family and having many choices to have fun or just sit and relax or socialize. It's their camp, it's their time.There are so many activities to choose from and so many people who bring in exciting opportunities for these kids to have fun experiences. I Love ENN! I know so many families and counselors and campers who have benefited from their experience with this organization!
I have been involved in this organization for over 10 years and look forward to their summer and fall camp each year. I've really enjoyed the people I've met through ENN and watching the campers grow up before your eyes!
I have volunteered and worked for ENN for the past 10 years. Every year I look forward to returning to see how much the campers have grown and to visit with old friends. The amount of time and effort that each counselor devotes to their individual camper is remarkable and admirable. Seeing the smiles on the kids' faces is what keeps bringing me back. The campers are able to come and get a real camp experience that they may not be able to get otherwise. The accommodations really make their experience worth wild, no matter their disability and I am very thankful to be apart of this organization.
Review from Guidestar
This is a great nonprofit charity. ENN helps families with special needs children by giving the children a chance to participate in a great camp experience. There are a variety of activities to enjoy, such as magic show, petting zoo, art & crafts, horseback riding, swimming and making friends and much more. While the children are at camp it gives the parents a break to do something they want or nothing at all. I love seeing all the children having a good time at camp.
This is your top notch rainbow in a dark cloud kind of organization! It is a win win where my kiddo gets to have the time of his life at a camp where he feels more himself than he feels all year, while as a special need parent I get the respite that is crucial to re-charge to continue this hard work! The people at ENN are absolutely angels on earth!
This is a great camp that allows for children with special needs to experience the fun that come with an overnight camp as well as provide respite to the family
This amazing group of people provide special need campers a fun and safe place to be themselves.
The parents come with smiles larger than life knowing their kids are in for a super good time.
My daughter loves ENN’s summer camp. She waits all year to go, and as soon as she’s home again, she wants to go back! This is her favorite special needs camp.
We have been campers through ENN for 3 years now! It has been the most fulfilling summer camp
Experience that our daughter had.
People in this network are the kindest people on earth. They understand the need for quality of life. My son attends the Fall overnight camp. This camp gives the rest of the family members an opportunity to live a "normal" family life even if it's only for the weekend. Thank you, ENN!
Great charity for kids with special needs. Provides camps where they can just play and be kids...and parents get a much needed break!
Our son had an amazing experience last year in the summer, and can't wait for this year's fall camp. He had nothing bad to say about it, which is saying a lot! We're so happy he gets to have a real camp experience like other typical children.
My 16 year old daughter is a volunteer aid for ENN and our 12 year old son who has down syndrome has attended both summer and fall camps.
Both of our children love the experiences they've shared at camp. Great food, awesome activities and a completely safe environment for all involved (along with a well deserved break for parents for a few days).
Just amazing great work. Despite the difficulties with organizing camps of such magnitude they pull it through each and every year. We cannot benefit from these anymore but when we did it was a great experience for our daughter who remembers these till today!
My son was fortunate enough to attend one of their camps this past summer. It was a truly a wonderful experience for him and for us. ENN is full of wonderful staff and volunteers who care for the kids AND their families.
ENN runs a FABULOUS sleep-away camp for the intellectually disabled. My son is severely autistic and also has cerebral palsy. He has a cognitive age of about three years and has limited mobility. At Camp Arroyo, he was able to do things like ride a horse and a zipline(!), participate in dances, and swim. They have a nurse on staff and one-on-one counselors, so even those who are medically fragile can attend. It's the most amazing thing I've ever seen.
I love ENN, it keeps us informed, gives our family opportunities for events, and keeps us updated, it also helps so many of us in our community of special needs to keep in touch.
Thank you so much ENN, you are a blessing.
ENN is by far the best source of information for parents of developmentally-disabled children (and adults) throughout the East Bay, and an ultra-efficient tool for connecting these parents with the appropriate providers of the myriad services their children might need. ENN is a warm and welcoming community of genuine care and respect.
ENN fills a gap in our area by providing support and opportunities, including camp, for our special needs children! We were with them for 15 years, until my son aged out. We miss them terribly.
Amazing group! They do so much for these exceptional kids. Very thankful for the adventures, friendships, and compassion they showed our daughter this weekend. Her words: the camp made me feel like I could be myself!
I've been with ENN at camp Arroyo since Laura Peters became director. I hang out with campers in Day break while counselors get their much needed breaks to simply sneak in a shower, a phone call home, or just to nap! It has been awesome working with ENN. It's an amazing group of people that really love and care about the needs of both the parents/families and the campers. Camp Arroyo is my "Happiest place on Earth."
I started volunteering in high school to fulfill community service hours. After my first time going to camp, I fell in love. For several years, I went back every fall to volunteer and work as a counselor. It's a truly amazing experience that allowed me to give back as well as learn and grow. The only reason I stopped going was because I am now an out of state college student.
I have been honored to be part of this wonderful organization over the last 15 years. As a counselor at ENN' s Camp Arroyo, I've enjoyed the privilege of seeing children growing from their first camp experience to mastering the camp experience. The staff is dedicated to caring for needs of each camper and giving them a memorable time. ENN is a well organized group our valley is fortunate to have serving families and children.
ENN is about as magical as you can get this north of actual Disneyland. I've been coming to camp since 2009 - first as an activity aide, then as a 1:1 counselor. Laura and the team do an amazing job of making camp the best experience for each individual. Little things like wheelchair accommodations for horseback riding, ooey goey time for sensory breaks and play, and GF/CF s'mores make a world of difference to our campers. There are no words to accurately portray camp; genuine love, laughter, and happiness exudes from each camper and counselor all session long. From the first summer I spent at camp, I knew it was a special place. But I never imagined how much it would shape who I am today, and I don't know what I'd do without the community that ENN has created for campers, counselors, and families alike.
7 years ago, when I was 19, a friend told me about ENN. I was looking for something to help fill up my summer off from college and maybe make a little extra cash. I figured it'd be a one time thing. Little did I know I would fall in love with this organization, the people who run it, the counselors that live for it, and the campers who make it all worth it. There is an indescribable bond with the individuals involved with ENN. We are one big, happy, loving family. We are all there for the same reason: to see the campers' face light up when they get to the top of the rock wall, or ride a horse for the first time, or perform at the talent show in front of an eager audience. I can't count how many times I've teared up because of the beautiful individuals associated with this organization. The amount of love I've given and received through ENN is priceless. I'm so happy ENN became a part of my life and always will be.
ENN is an amazing non profit that benefits SO many! The smiles and the happiness that reflect from the campers' & volunteers faces is infectious. One cannot be at ENN without having a wonderful feeling come over them - it's a place where all the kids are the same, no one is different. Years ago, our eldest daughter began as an activity aide at ENN, working various stations, years later, she is now a counselor and takes personal time off of her full time job to return to camp. She has also got both of her brothers and numerous friends through the years to volunteer. So now, all three of our kids work at ENN, we actually plan family vacations around camp - that's how important it is to our 23, 20 & 17 year old!! ENN is not only a memorable experience for the campers, but for the volunteers and workers as well. ENN holds a special place in our hearts ❤️❤️.