Who we are
Sarah Ashe, our Director, opened the doors of the CFNB in May 2005, with our first summer programs. Mrs. Ashe has worked with families and children for 24 years in the areas of early intervention and the public special education school system. Over the years, she realized the limited impact she can have on the lives of these children during the short time she works with them through these agencies. She also realized the need to empower the parent to be the “expert” and life long advocate for their child. Along with these major issues was the evident lack of services available in the rural areas. The Lord laid on her heart to provide a place of refuge for these struggling families. This refuge would be a place of acceptance of who their child is in God’s eyes and acceptance of where they were as a parent of that child.
The positive impact of the Center has been recognized by both community and state leaders. Over the past few years the Center and Sarah Ashe have been recognized through various awards which include the following: 2007 Healthy Hero Award by the Amerigroup Corporation Foundation, 2008 Friend of Children Award by the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and 2009 Hero for Autism Award by the Autism Society of America Greater Georgia Chapter and in 2009 she was Burke County Citizen of the year. These awards are mentioned to provide examples of the far reaching recognition of the work being done at the Center.
From the beginning the Center has provided an area for therapy by qualified therapists through CSRA Therapy Services, Inc. of Hephzibah. We partnered with CRSA Therapy to bring more speech, occupational and physical therapy services into our rural areas. CSRA Therapy handles their billing for services, and works hard with parents and insurance/Medicaid groups to help manage these costs. We also partner with Jennifer Hood to provide Physical Therapy services within the Center.
Why we are here:
Families with a child with special needs face dramatic obstacles. These obstacles affect their daily routine, their finances, their ability to interact with each other and their ability to be an active member of the community. We seek to model a Christian walk through Galatians 6:2: “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Sometimes after a diagnosis, a family may feel hopeless. We seek to provide and/or find sources of help for their family. In the beginning, and still today, much of the basis for the need of our Center is the growing instances of Autism among children; currently 1:55 children are diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum. Research has shown that early and intensive intervention for these children is essential to their potential development (Lovaas, 1987). Unfortunately trained service providers are limited and such programs are always expensive.
A critical need for all children and adolescents with special needs is establishing a natural environment for them to grow within their community. Our goal is to work with these children, their families, and our communities to provide environments where all these stakeholder’s lives can be enriched. Each client is unique in their needs, and we seek to match their uniqueness with our services to best help them succeed within the community. We believe that a child with special needs should be able to live a life as close to natural as possible, and we seek to provide families with skills to make this a reality. We believe all care providers need access to research- proven methods to enhance their children’s potential for success regardless of their financial situation or geographic location. All services provided directly by Center staff are available on a donation basis, with no one turned away due to inability to pay for services.
We are still in the infancy stages of providing the high caliber, comprehensive services for families we hope to one day be able to provide! With the help of community members such as you we will continue to seek to become the place of healing and hope that we know we can become for these precious children and their families.
Who we serve:
We serve a wide spectrum of clients from general academic-related problems to specific disorders such as, but not limited to: ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders. In July 2012, the Center provided services for approximately 170 children and adolescents, and also their families and community service providers. Our clients come from the county in which we are located as well as four surrounding counties.
Mission Statement and Organization Purpose
The Center for New Beginnings (CFNB) is a Christian non-profit center serving children, through young adults with special needs (behavioral, educational, emotional, intellectual, physical), as well as their families and caregivers in the rural counties to including but limited to Burke, Jenkins, Screven, Jefferson, Richmond and Columbia. It is our mission to offer healing and hope to families in need through the provision of resources, services and support to meet the challenges they are facing. We are a non-denominational Christian organization providing services for all members of our surrounding communities to enhance the lives of children with disabilities regardless of religious affiliations. It is our intention to glorify God and exalt the name of Jesus, being governed by the Holy Spirit in the provision of ministry and resources to those whom Jesus called “the least of these my brothers and sisters” (Matthew 25:40).