A worthwhile cause in Cherokee County

Recently, we've had the pleasure of getting to know Lori Baker from Next Step Ministries in Woodstock. Her mission is to give families the answer to this and other stressful questions: question: What happens to my special-needs child after high school?

Most parents of teenagers are busy planning their kid's future. College, dorm, apartment, partner, grandkids.... they see it all so clear. But for some parents, the future is not so clear. For them, the future is summed with a single, simple question: What happens to my special-needs child after high school? Recently, we've had the pleasure of getting to know Lori Baker from Next Step Ministries in Woodstock. We'd been introduced briefly at the Woodstock Community Business Association in the past, but this last time we met at the Canton-Cherokee Business and Professional Women's meeting, enjoyed a meal, and the meeting, and the more formal introduction from Stacy Bailey of Absolutely Clean, also a client of Inspired 2 Design. We've worked together on her cleaning company's website, her personal blog, and the Canton/Cherokee SALT/Triad website. Next Step Ministries was in need of a new way to get the word out about the work they're doing down off Trickum Road and Hwy 92 in Woodstock. They'd recently taken over the space occupied at one time by the Baby & More Thrift Store, (small world, we did their website a couple of years ago).  Now armed with a ton of space for their work, Lori and Jean (her right hand), just needed to let more people know what they're doing. So what are they doing down in Woodstock? They provide parents with moderately to profoundly involved special-needs young adults need a readily available full day program to maintain the functional skills learned during school and to provide a safe and loving environment. Especially when these young adults can't manage the day-to-day activities we often take for granted like:

  • Feeding ourselves
  • Communicating with words
  • Performing basic activities without supervision
  • Going to the bathroom without help...

Next Step Ministries offers several programs for parents and their special needs kids: Therapeutic Day Care, Saturday Respite, Camps. The Cherokee Tribune covered the Next Step Ministries story earlier this year. So if your business is looking for a special place to help via donations of time, money, or supplies, why not start right here in Woodstock, GA?

  • Have time? They could use people to come in and read, play music, games, crafts.
  • Have equipment? They're in need of many things including some workout equipment, kitchen equipment, musical instruments.
  • Have cash? Enough said!

website-design-nextstep-150x150 Inspired 2 Design is proud to have partnered with Next Step Ministries in Woodstock to help support their mission, and help the families of special needs kids in Cherokee, Cobb, Fulton, Bartow, and Pickens counties. Their new website is a project of love and we're thrilled to have had the opportunity to bless them with this functional and design-appropriate website design that they can use to educate, inform and capture the families that need their services in Woodstock, Canton,  Holly Springs, Acworth, Marietta, Kennesaw, Roswell, Sandy Springs, north Atlanta, and beyond.