About Us

We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Woodstock, Georgia geared towards helping individuals with special needs/ disabilities and their families in a loving and safe Christian environment. We have several programs available, including a weekday Therapeutic Day Care program geared towards young adults, Job Skills Program,a Saturday Respite Care program for ages five through adult, and School Break and Summer Camps for school-age clients.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about Next Step Ministries and its various programs. If you have further questions, or would like to schedule a tour, please call us at (770) 592-1227.

Our Mission:

Next Step Ministries serves families in Cherokee, Cobb and Fulton counties by providing therapeutic day programs for individuals with special needs in a Christian environment.

Our Vision:

Special needs individuals will improve their quality of life by participating in safe, appropriate, and interactive programs.

Our Values 

We value a Christ based philosophy in loving, serving and teaching others within the community, particularly those of special needs, their families and others who assist in their care.

Our Calling and History:

"...let us not love with word or tongue, but in deed and truth." 1 John 3:18

The Bible exhorts us to put action to our words. This Ministry evolved from the concept that we needed to address the ongoing care needs (physical and spiritual) for our Special Needs population and their families, and not just talk about it.

  • 2006 Initial concept for Next step Ministries, further developed with Lori Baker and Amy Peart.
  • 2007 Next Step Ministries incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) status attained. Concept introduced to Special Education community and well received. Program Development consultant hired, Board of Directors initiated.
  • 2008 Several Fundraisers held, web site developed, participation in Cherokee County Schools Special Needs Transition Fair and Post-secondary Transition Options Panel, Program location found. Continued with community awareness activities.
  • 2009 Next Step Ministries Program moved into new location, staff hired, clients started officially in May. Additional fundraisers held, grants received from Bradshaw Farms Women's Group in May and Scott Hudgens Family Foundations awarded in November. Participation in Cobb, Marietta, Douglas Special Education Transition Fair and also Cherokee County Special Education Transition Fair. Saturday Respite Program initiated in July.

Our Program Model

The goal of Next Step Ministries is to provide therapeutic care (functional skills maintenance, social and community interaction opportunities) for our special needs population, day care options for the families with special needs children and a Saturday Respite Program, as well as an opportunity for families to experience the love of Christ demonstrated. To do this, the fee-for-service Program model is part therapeutic and part day care, in a Christian environment. Clients and families do not need to be professing Christians, or have church affiliations to participate.

Our Goals and Growth Strategy

Overall Program Goals:

  • Improve Community Awareness with Special Needs Families, Local Service Groups and Schools
  • Secure Stable Funding with Fees-For-Service, Grants and Donations
  • Programs Running Efficiently

The Staff

The program is developed and supervised by a physical therapist and certified teachers who have experience working with this population.

The staff is completed with trainers and volunteers from the community.