Founded By Lucy Miller
Happyfeat was established in 2014 when a young woman name Lucy Miller met a very special young man. The more time she spent with David and all his special friends she discovered the overwhelming and undeniable need for friendship, acceptance, and most importantly inclusion in all aspects of life. From then on Lucy’s main mission was to provide as many opportunities as possible for all our happy friends.
Happyfeat is a nonprofit organization 501(c) 3, that gives individuals with special needs the chance to work and be a part of a variety of special events. Our dream is to provide fun inclusive programs to support our incredible friends and their communities in these three critical areas: education, employment and life enrichment platforms. We strongly believe that the more exposure that people with disabilities have, the more accepting people will become and with that comes more possibilities and more love for our special friends. Our objective is pretty simple – create an unmeasurable amount of chances for the world to see that those with disabilities are beautiful, valuable and capable.
We are so blessed to have two major programs we offer each year. Our wonderful summer camp runs for 7 weeks throughout the summer with many individuals from a variety of ages. Summer camp includes visits from special guests, field trips, crafts, and many more fun activities. Our day program runs equivalent to Gwinnett County’s School schedule and is geared for individuals who have aged out of the school system. We strongly believe when individuals with disabilities age out of high school, their journey is just beginning. We continue to work on educational and life skills where they continuously accomplish and master a variety of capabilities. We are lucky to have an amazing set of work sites where our happy group is constantly learning and interacting with their coworkers.
Along with our summer camp and our day program we host a variety of fun events throughout the year. These events include server nights where our happy friends get to work alongside waitresses and waiters while building communication and restaurant skills. We also have a Happy Golf Tournament, Happy Halloween Party, Jingle in the Park, Happy Gala, and the Night to Shine Prom. We throw these events not only to give all our happy friends the experiences they deserve, but also to build relationships, spread our love, and reach as many people as possible.
With the help from our amazing community and others, we can continue to build our organization that will support “the happiest people on earth” well beyond their high school years. We call it inclusion for life. Our ultimate goal is to grow this program so we can support as many individuals as possible. We urge you to spread Happyfeat’s love and help us grow this program! Please follow us on our social media sites so you can witness all the joy!
If you know Lucy or David you know that their devotion and love with one another, has been life changing. It is a known fact that friendship plays such a huge role in everyone’s life. It is good for one’s heart and soul. Experts say when one has no friends, life spans are significantly reduced. Even so, the social networks of friends for people with disabilities are much smaller than your average person. Why is that? Having an extra special friend isn’t always easy but we can guarantee you that it will be the most rewarding thing you will ever do. It brings perspective, self-worth, compassion and happiness to everyone involved. HappyFeat understands the importance of not only inclusion but genuine relationships and the vital role it plays in building a happy, thriving and sustainable community. Our Happy Friends Program pairs people with disabilities with a “Buddy” in the community allowing Lucy and David’s story to come to life over and over again. If you or someone you know wants to be a Happy Friend or a buddy, this is your time to be a part of the movement – Be Happy, be kind, be a friend because the happiest people are making the happiest communities.
We want our special friends, with their kind souls and infectious smiles, to always have opportunities for fun. Too often, not only do they lack the opportunity to participate in routine daily events most average people take for granted, they are even less likely to have opportunities for life enrichment. Whether it is a dance, a camp or an activity based adventure, the objective is always the same -to have crazy fun , enjoy quality friendships and spread their happiness wherever they go. So check out some upcoming events and c’mon get happy with us!
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What Lucy learned by volunteering in the special needs community is that sadly there was a lack of affordable programs to support her beautiful friends, especially after they reached the age of 22. The Day Program is designed to provide a place where young adults with disabilities can go during the day to have fun, volunteer or work. Lucy’s vision is that this program will serve as the centerpiece of the Happy Feat Foundation. To meet one of the greatest needs present, Lucy’s dream is that the Day Program will be based on a participant’s ability to pay so that all are welcome. Simply, those who can afford to pay will be encouraged to do so, allowing those who are in need of financial assistance to be supported as well. For more information on the Day Program, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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