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.
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.
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.