Weekday therapy for children with special needs, monthly outings for young adults on the spectrum, and quarterly respite nights for care providers.
Exceptional Circles is a uniquely collaborative special needs ministry rooted in partnership between The Mosaic Center, Mosaic Church, Easterseals East GA, and The Center for New Beginnings. Exceptional Circles exists to provide support to families with children who have an array of disabilities. We desire to provide a loving, welcoming, and understanding environment where ALL families can grow and thrive spiritually.
Parents and caregivers should never have to wonder whether their child will be received with welcome and loving arms, cared for according to their specific needs, or feel unable to be spiritually nourished themselves. At The Mosaic Center, we desire for every child to feel safe and loved while having fun learning about God’s unrelenting love for them.
And we wish to include the entire community! In addition to the programs listed below, a new inclusive playground is now open to the public 7 days a week. An inclusive playground is intended to give ALL children the opportunity to play and build community with one another. The equipment and layout have been specially designed to allow access to kids with disabilities, yet still provide fun and interest for everyone in the family. It features appropriate sensory- and ability-level play pieces for children with autism and other conditions.
*The Mosaic Center would like to thank its 100+ donors who made the construction of this amazing play space possible! Please click here for a list of our partners and equipment investors.
Therapeutic Services: The Center for New Beginnings
The Center for New Beginnings provides weekday ABA therapeutic services at The Mosaic Center for families in the Augusta area. The Center of New Beginnings is a Christian nonprofit service for children and adolescents with special needs (behavioral, educational, emotional, intellectual, and physical), as well as their families and caregivers in the rural counties surrounding Augusta, GA. You can contact them at www.nbeginnings.org.
Family Fellowship: Parents’ Night Out
Once a quarter, Exceptional Circles provides a respite night to families by providing qualified care for children with disabilities (and their siblings). This gives parents and caregivers a little time off and kids a fun night in! Parents’ Night Out is for children up to age 14 with disabilities and their siblings! It is an evening filled with sensory-friendly activities for all ages and abilities, with exceptionally trained volunteers and staff from our community, Therapy Trails, and The Center for New Beginnings.
Allergy friendly snacks are provided, and families are also welcome to bring specific snacks if needed. Registration is required for all children attending, and families may register up until a week before the event.
*Note* If your child is above the age of 14 but functions at a lower developmental level, exceptions can be made for program participation. Please contact Jenni Grace for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIFE on the Spectrum (Learning, Independence, Fun, Employment)
LIFE on the Spectrum is a social group for young adults* with any and all developmental disabilities. We are blessed to lead LIFE on the Spectrum in partnership with Easterseals East GA, and we’d welcome more partners to join this journey with us. LIFE meets at The Mosaic Center on the last Friday of the month for a free dinner and group activities (i.e. trivia night, outdoor games, October costume contests, etc). There is also a monthly community outing like bowling, mini golf, river boat tours, and rock climbing. (The community outings are offered at a subsidized price.) Caregivers/parents are welcome to attend LIFE on the Spectrum events or to drop-off/pick-up — whatever works best for your family situation and your loved ones’ needs.
For all children’s activities at Mosaic Church (Sunday worship, Wednesday Awana, Summer VBS, etc.) we offer Exceptional Buddies: exceptionally trained volunteers who can work one-on-one with children with special needs, as needed. Our KidCity and Exceptional Buddies teams are here to joyfully welcome your family to the Mosaic family! A special sensory room has been funded to allow children an added level of development as they move around, slide, jump, and swing, having fun while developing and strengthening their mobility.
Volunteer Training and Support
The Center for New Beginnings provides volunteer training and support for our Exceptional Circles team. Exceptional Circle volunteers are trained in caring and supporting children with a variety of needs – from sensory processing disorders to physical disabilities to autism spectrum disorder. Our volunteers are CPR certified, first aid certified, and background checked.
For more information about our Exceptional Circles programs and events, please contact Jenni Grace, Director of Family and Children’s Discipleship at email@example.com (or call her at 770-633-8172).
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