If not for the grace of God, and the wil­ling­ness of many in­dividu­als to an­sw­er the call of God upon their lives, Jes­sica & Friends Com­mun­ity might still be a dream. Uni­que in its chart­er to be a faith-based minist­ry to the in­tel­lectual­ly dis­ab­led, Jes­sica & Friends Com­mun­ity seeks to bring glory to God by serv­ing famil­ies and in­dividu­als im­pac­ted by aut­ism and in­tel­lectu­al dis­abilit­ies. We ac­complish this goal in ways that es­pouse scrip­tur­al truth and offer di­gn­ity to our clients as pre­ci­ous in­dividu­als for­med in the very image of God.

Jes­sica & Friends Com­mun­ity was foun­ded in 1998 by Peter and Paulet­te Teague, and sever­al close friends, to bring glory to God through their ex­peri­ences car­ing for their in­tel­lectual­ly dis­ab­led daught­er Jes­sica. (Read the com­plete story by click­ing the link below.) What star­ted as a single re­siden­ti­al home has grown to be our Four Pil­lars.

As noted, Jes­sica & Friends Com­mun­ity is uni­que in how we serve the aut­ism and in­tel­lectu­al dis­abil­ity com­mun­ity. To ident­ify the dif­fer­ence re­quires look­ing be­yond the pro­grams and ser­vices and to un­derstand what it means to be faith-based. The dif­fer­ence is groun­ded in the gos­pel (good news) of Jesus Chr­ist. As a Chris­tian or­ganiza­tion, we seek to be in­stru­ments of, and ac­tive par­ticipants in God's re­demptive plan for human­ity. This, while de­monstart­ing the love of Chr­ist to in­dividu­als with in­tel­lectu­al dis­abilit­ies, their famil­ies, their friends, our staff, our com­mun­ity, and the world.

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 Our Vision

By faith, we strive to ful­fill and pro­claim the good news of the gos­pel by pro­vid­ing ser­vices to famil­ies im­pac­ted by in­tellec­tu­al dis­abilit­ies re­gardless of fin­an­ci­al stand­ing.

Our Mission

Pro­vide faith-based ser­vices and sup­ports for in­dividu­als and famil­ies with aut­ism and in­tel­lectu­al dis­abilit­ies. We seek to be a com­mun­ity which af­firms the worth of all peo­ple, sup­ports per­son­al growth and whole­ness, ad­vocates for com­mun­ity and church in­clus­ion, and pro­vides op­por­tunit­ies for spiritu­al growth and ser­vice.

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