Yeadon, PA, July 22, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- So Love Autistic Center(SOLA) and Chapel of Good Shepherd (COGS) announced today their collaboration in bringing an autism program with full-time daycare to the borough of Yeadon. This project developed when, founder of So Love Autistic Center, Venus David approached Rev. Hepkins about the unused space in the lower level of their edifice. After a few meetings, it was agreed upon this venture would mutually benefit all parties involved, particularly the borough of Yeadon. So Love Autistic Center will have over 2200 square feet of program area along with outdoor space to meet the varying needs of their students. With Yeadon, PA strategically positioned on the cusp of Southeast Delco entering into Southwest Philadelphia, So Love Autistic Center can readily provide much needed autism services to these neighboring communities.
The Chapel of the Good Shepherd, affectionately known as, “The Chapel” or “COGS” was founded in 1981 under the leadership of Pastor Robert E. Briggs, who remains Pastor Emeritus. Rev. Rohan K. Hepkins, the current Pastor began his tenure at the Chapel in 1997. Rev. Hepkins has also served the community in previous positions as Chairman of the Civil Service Commission for 7 years and is currently on the Yeadon Zoning Board. A recent Mayoral candidate, he has advocated a strong church role within the community; part of his vision is to see Yeadon grow as a vibrant community – with the church serving her residents as the centerpiece of community fellowship and diversity under Christ’s Lordship. The Chapel’s fellowship currently has 12 distinct nationalities represented.
So Love Autistic Center is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides structured, comprehensive therapeutic services, through a specialized curriculum designed for toddlers and preschoolers, with full-time daycare hours. Supported by the principles of developmental psychology and applied behavior analysis, the teaching interventions are delivered within play-based, relationship-focused routines.
“We believe this partnership will serve the residents in the surrounding community in a relevant and practical way,” says Venus David, Founder/CEO.
This collaboration, which has received a groundswell of support will have long-term benefits to parents, communities and specifically autistic children. To ensure families receive the best quality of care, a fundraiser has started to garner funds for this project.