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ABOUT US

ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

WE ARE THE SMART PLACE

At SPACS, Each Individual Consumer Is Important.

  •  SPACS focuses on the whole person, in four major areas:
    work, independent living, social development and self-esteem,
    and community involvement.
  •  Each consumer has a instructor to assist in developing and
    achieving individual goals.
  •  Participants, their families and SPACS’s staff form a team to
    ensure successful attainment of goals.
  • Vocational services are an integral part of the program, as SPACS
    works with each individual to foster awareness of their strengths
    and weaknesses.
  • All staff help consumers establish satisfactory relationships
    and develop positive self-esteem.
  • Consumers at SPACS are considered to be a family and are
    taught to trust and respect each other.
  • The need to be interdependent with one’s community is as
    important as the skills of independence.

WE ARE DEDICATED TO…

MISSION

Our mission is to support people with mental and physical challenges in a respectful, safe and productive environment that enables them to reach their highest level of individual independence while collaborating with families and other service organizations to expand each individual opportunities to engage in community activities that would otherwise be out of reach.

GOAL

Our goal is to be the most sought after community-based program for the developmentally and intellectually challenged in the state of Georgia by fulfilling everyday dreams, learning necessary functional, vocational, academic, community, and daily living skills, and having a positive place in the world-are the goals of SPACS. In order to achieve the ultimate goal, there several areas of improvement that are intended to be addressed in the coming years. Those things include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Strengthening our community relationships
  • Broadening our community connections
  • Increasing our participant numbers by 60%
  • Create new and fully functioning work programs for our participants
  • Deepen our social media scope to bring awareness to our center
  • Improve the vitalization and beauty of our building
  • Update our adaptive equipment, programs, and processes.

HISTORY

The Smart Place Adult and Children Services also known as “SPACS, Inc.”, is a non-profit, 501(c)3 community based organization.

Established in 2001 by Executive Director, Teresa Punzi, we continue to make an everlasting imprint of compassion on individuals we service. When asked, Teresa Punzi states, ” I believe the community of individuals we serve are unique and they impact our community in a positive manor.

HOW CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Teresa Punzi and her talented team collectively have over 20 years of experience in the human services industry. The board of directors works diligently with Teresa to establish and fortify relationships in the community for our continued fundraising efforts.

Teresa

TERESA PUNZI

Founder & Executive Director

Johnathan

JONATHAN MITCHELL

President

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CONSTANCE DIAZ

Secretary

Kent

KENT WADE

Vice President

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DR. IAN MULLINS

Board Member

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MARILYN LEWIS

Treasurer