2021 GNFCC Nonprofit Award Winners: Holly York, North Fulton Community Charities and Amy O’Dell, Jacob’s Ladder (GNFCC 400 Insider, Episode 65)
The two winners of the 2021 GNFCC Nonprofit of the Year were welcomed to this edition of the GNFCC 400 Insider. Holly York, Executive Director with North Fulton Community Charities, and Amy O’Dell, Founder of Jacob’s Ladder Neurodevelopment School and Therapy Center, joined host Tori Kerlin, Communications Coordinator at GNFCC, to discuss the tremendous work their respective organizations do. The GNFCC 400 Insider is presented by the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and produced by the North Fulton studio of Business RadioX®.
North Fulton Community Charities, Holly York, Executive Director
North Fulton Community Charities assists residents living in North Fulton serving the cities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park and Roswell with short-term emergency needs. NFCC collaborates with many local providers to provide the resources necessary to help individuals and families remain stable in our community. NFCC provides services in English and Spanish.
Since 1983, North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) has addressed homelessness and hunger in North Fulton. Each year the agency serves close to 10,000 individuals with emergency need in the cities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park and Roswell.
Qualified residents can receive:
- Emergency financial assistance for housing, utilities, medical care, transportation and other necessities.
- Food and staples
- Clothing using vouchers to purchase clothing from the NFCC Thrift Shop.
- Education for workforce development and life skills workshops to help move toward financial stability and self-sufficiency.
Jacob’s Ladder Center, Amy O’Dell, Founder and Executive Director
Jacob’s Ladder is a non-profit SAIS-SACS accredited private school serving pre-k through 12th-grade students, as well as a therapy center serving infant through young adult students.
Our campuses throughout Metro Atlanta offer full-time and part-time enrollment options in a variety of learning environments, with levels of support ranging from a 1:1 to a 6:1 student-teacher ratio.
We also offer various full-time and part-time remote enrollment options, facilitated either in-home or virtually, serving students and their families locally, nationally, and internationally.
In addition to serving students and their families directly, Jacob’s Ladder is committed to encouraging and empowering the global special needs community through research, training, certification, and licensure.
those who have struggled with social cues begin establishing eye contact and engaging with the world around them in a meaningful way,
those who have struggled to grasp language begin communicating not only their wants and needs but also their original thoughts and feelings in ways that ensure that they know they are heard and understood by those around them,
those who have struggled relationally due to anxiety or frustration begin managing their emotions and thriving in a group setting,
those who have struggled with intrinsic motivation begin to discern their unique passion and purpose, and to embrace that each day is a beautiful opportunity to work towards that which they personally care about, and
those who have struggled to learn in previous educational settings take steps towards unprecedented academic achievement.
Our Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care has transformed the lives of thousands of families and counting because it is grounded in science and guided by love.
Ms. Amy O’Dell is the founder of Jacob’s Ladder, designated as a 501(3) in 1999. The model, now trademarked and recognized nationally and internationally, was developed in response to critical developmental challenges faced by her own son, Jacob.
Ms. O’Dell holds a degree in Activity Therapy and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Clemson University. She is a licensed Professional Counselor with extensive training on the Neurodevelopmental process and is certified as a Neurodevelopmental consultant. She has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings, including Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta, and later at Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital in Clayton, Georgia, where she held the positions of Director of Activity Therapy and the Director of Adolescent Psychiatric Services. She is a recognized national leader in the field of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders, and a sought-after speaker at national and international forums.
Governor Nathan Deal appointed Ms. O’Dell to serve on the Board of Directors of Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency as the expert in the field of Autism where she served a 3-year term. Ms. O’Dell currently serves on the Zac Brown Camp Southern Ground Board of Advisors for the Autism focus and the Board of Directors for HINRI.
About GNFCC and “The GNFCC 400 Insider”
“The GNFCC 400 Insider” is presented by the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce (GNFCC) and is hosted by Kali Boatright, President and CEO of GNFCC. The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit, member-driven organization comprised of over 1400 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals. Their service area includes Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Roswell and Sandy Springs. GNFCC is the leading voice on economic development, business growth and quality of life issues in North Fulton County.
The GNFCC promotes the interests of our members by assuming a leadership role in making North Fulton an excellent place to work, live, play and stay. They provide one voice for all local businesses to influence decision makers, recommend legislation, and protect the valuable resources that make North Fulton a popular place to live.
For more information on GNFCC and its North Fulton County service area, follow this link or call (770) 993-8806. For more information on other GNFCC events such as this North Fulton Mayors Appreciation Lunch, follow this link.