Youth Development

The Wyatt Holliday Foundation

  • Lakewood, WA
  • http://www.exceptionalfamilies.org

Mission Statement

We empower families who have children with special needs through support and education services within the south Puget Sound community of Washington State.

Main Programs

  1. SPECIAL Families of Puget Sound

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Service Areas

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Washington

We primarily serve families with special needs children within the south Puget Sound community of Washington State, and are expanding into other Puget Sound communities as families ask us to create a hub for services or programs. As of the end of 2016, we have programs that serve exceptional families in Pierce, Thurston, King and Snohomish Counties.

ruling year

2004

Executive Director

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Angela Fish

Keywords

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children, disability, special needs, special education, Autism, Asperger, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Tourette, Brain Injury, ADHD, ADD, Bipolar, ODD, SPD, PDD-NOS, PDD, ASD, parent, education

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Also Known As

Exceptional Families Network

EIN

84-1646228

 Number

6145747791

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

Family Services (P40)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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We serve over 500 families in and around Pierce County, Washington. Our monthly support group, SPECIAL Families of Pierce County, has expanded to 2 locations courtesy of our partnership with the Children's Museum of Tacoma. We are now able to reach more families each month due to being able to offer childcare in a supported environment via our wonderful volunteer team and the museum staff. We also provide educational workshops for parents, an extensive lending library, inclusive special events like Sensational Santa, and more.

Programs

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Program 1

SPECIAL Families of Puget Sound

A monthly multi-site support group for families that have children with special needs, featuring an expert speaker each month that focuses on a topic relevant to our families. Childcare is available at most locations.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

None

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Washington

We primarily serve families with special needs children within the south Puget Sound community of Washington State, and are expanding into other Puget Sound communities as families ask us to create a hub for services or programs. As of the end of 2016, we have programs that serve exceptional families in Pierce, Thurston, King and Snohomish Counties.

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Funding Needs

Seeking annual funding of approximately $100K to accomplish our mission of providing support, education, and advocacy services to families with children who have special needs.

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The Wyatt Holliday Foundation

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Executive Director

Angela Fish

BIO

Angela became involved in the special needs community when she was struggling to raise her two young boys, who were both later diagnosed with autism. Her goal was to create the help she so desperately needed, and she hoped that others would join her for the journey. As a result, she founded the SPECIAL Families of Pierce County support group in 2008 (which has grown into a multi-site/multi-county program now known as SPECIAL Families of Puget Sound). Angela joined various committees and began serving as both the Board Secretary and Director of Community Outreach with the Wyatt Holliday Foundation (now known as the Exceptional Families Network). She took over the leadership of the nonprofit as Executive Director in 2011. Angela has turned her family's challenges into a passion for helping the entire community. Angela was selected as the "Hometown Hero" in 2015 by KIRO Radio and WSECU, and her story was shared on MyNorthwest.com. She was recognized in 2013 as an "Unsung Hero" by the Washington State Department of Early Learning and her story was featured on the Seattle's Child Magazine website. Angela is the author of the "Caffeinated Autism Mom" blog, which was awarded "BEST Parenting Blog" through the Best of Western Washington contest in 2012. She was honored as the "Community Advocate of the Year" by FEAT (Families for Effective Autism Treatment) of Washington in 2011. Angela is a contributing author in the book, Sensational Journeys: 48 Personal Stories of Sensory Processing Disorder. Angela is also involved with the Pierce County Interagency Coordinating Council and South Sound Autism Partnership. She has a Master's degree in Business Administration and has a diverse professional background in several different industries.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Joslyn Cynkus Mintz

PepperMintz Consulting

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