How it all started…
The idea of an Autism Support Group for the Pee Dee area began in 2005.
Two moms of children with autism discussed the need for a place to learn more about the disorder and to share their joys and challenges. Over the years, the number of affected individuals continued to grow rapidly, but support and resources were still hard to find in our area. As a result, we evaluated our purpose, adjusted our mission, set higher goals, and looked to the future.
In February of 2016, Jessica Brown and Amy Pennington joined All 4 Autism as the Executive Director and Outreach Coordinator and first hired staff for the organization. They shared the vision of opening an Autism Resource Center for the Pee Dee. As mothers of children with autism, they wanted to provide a place where families could find the support and resources they so desperately needed.
Jessica had 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and was serving as Executive Director for Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity when she felt called to pursue the dream of opening the resource center. Her experience with her son’s diagnosis, and lack of support and resources in our area made an uncertain situation even more difficult. She pledged to do something that would help other ASD Families through their journey with autism.
By God’s grace, she met Amy a few years later through Pacing 4 Pieces, a half marathon and 5K run/walk. This event was developed by Amy because of her desire to raise funds for the Autism Community, and inspired by her son, Griffin. Because of her determination, Pacing 4 Pieces became our largest fundraiser and allowed us the opportunity to grow All 4 Autism and our contributions to those in need.
Because of the support of our community, and the dedication of our Board of Directors, All 4 Autism has expanding our services and resources for our ASD families. The Autism Resource Center of the Pee Dee opened on April 25, 2017, fulfilling many dreams and prayers!