The Disabilities Foundation of Beaufort County Inc
100 Clearwater Way
Beaufort SC 29906-5798
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Address 100 Clearwater Way
Beaufort , SC 299065798
Telephone (843) 255-6300
Fax (843) 255-9417
Projected Annual Revenue $30,000.00 (2018)
Mission Statement The mission of ABLE The Disabilities Foundation of Beaufort County is to provide a safe and healthy learning environment and supported community inclusion activities for children with the most severe developmental disabilities in Beaufort County while simultaneously providing qualified, affordable care for their families.
CEO/Executive Director
Board Chair Ms Melina Lee Ms.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chair, Disabilities Foundation of Beaufort County, dba ABLE
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2004
Financial Summary
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Mission The mission of ABLE The Disabilities Foundation of Beaufort County is to provide a safe and healthy learning environment and supported community inclusion activities for children with the most severe developmental disabilities in Beaufort County while simultaneously providing qualified, affordable care for their families.

ABLE was founded in 2004 as a 501 c3 organization to provide a better quality of life for individuals with severe disabilities and special needs.  ABLE accepts the tough cases that are not being addressed by any other organization in Beaufort County.  Hundreds of children and adults in Beaufort County experience life with a wide range of disabilities:  Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Spina bifida, and Down's Syndrome are some of the medical issues that can seriously limit their day to day life opportunities.  The ABLE Foundation improves the lives of these children and adults in Beaufort County by providing the following:

a.  Educate and provide advocacy to the Beaufort community of the problems, challenges and limitations that children and adults with disabilities experience.

b.  Work collaboratively with other community organizations and service providers to help meet the needs of these individuals and their families.
c.  Support services and special activities through financial support.
d.  Provide safe housing for individuals in a domestic violent crisis. 
One of ABLE's successful projects is Camp Treasure Chest that has been in operations for several years that operates a four week summer session serving developmentally delayed children ages six through 21.  Summer camp hours are generally from 8:00am until 2:00pm Monday through Thursday.  The camp partners with local businesses to provide learning focused activities, promoting health, safety, community involvement, and recreation/leisure skills.  Community inclusion and experiential learning opportunities are an integral part of the curriculum.  The ABLE staff are trained specialists in working with severe physical and/or behavioral problems.  Specifically they provide training in speech therapy, occupational and physical therapy, health care, daily hygiene, and social skills.  Camp Treasure is the only Beaufort County summer program specifically designed for children with severe disabilities.  The goal of the camp is for individuals attending the camp to become contributing and productive citizens within Beaufort County by developing the skills needed to succeed.   Several individuals who attended the camp are now working in our local restaurants, grocery stores and other commercial and Government entities. 

Top 3 accomplishments in 2017:

1.  Camp Treasure Chest had one two week summer session where 42 children from ages 6 to 21 were participants.  We received extraordinary testimonials from the parents of these children and the staff members in the progress of their child's development.  Testimonial from parent dated 30 Nov 2017:  "I have a 17 year old son who is developmentally delayed.  My son has attended Camp Treasure Chest in Beaufort for the past four years and it has truly been a God send.  There is no other camp in the local area that meets the needs of this population.....Although I am grateful that the camp is four days a week for two weeks, I would be overjoyed if it lasted longer".  Another testimonial dated 1 Dec 2017 "we love Camp Treasure Chest!!...My son enjoys the friends that he is able to reconnect with each year, making different arts and craft projects to bring home and sharing what he has learned from the different special guest speakers."     A staff professional testimonial dated 2 Dec 2017 "I really see a difference in the campers that I see every summer especially with speech therapy."

2.  Nov 2017 Bazaar.  A huge success where we had 2,000 participants and 25 vendors plus many of the Beaufort city leaders in attendance.  The bazaar provided a real show case for what the ABLE Foundation is doing and provided an awareness to many participants of the value that ABLE provides to those individuals having disabilities and special needs.

3.  Successfully won five competitive grants totally $15,000 that enabled us to support Camp Treasure chest and other related projects. 
Top three goals for 2018:
1.  Expand Camp Treasure Chest to two sessions so that we can meet the demands of Beaufort and surrounding counties.
2.  Win 8 competitive grants totally $60,000 dollars so that goal number can be achievable.
3.  Expand on lessons learned from our initial Bazaar and make the 2018 event even better.  In addition add a 5K run in the Fall of 2018. 

1.  Continuing education for our six teachers specifically in speech therapy, social needs, and control management---cost for 32 hours of training is $2,400/teacher = $14,400.

 2.  Transportation for children to and from Camp Treasure Chest.   Cost for two four day weeks (driver and van through Palmetto Breeze and DSN transportation) is $1,200/day for 8 days = $9,600.
3.   Site visits to Aquariums, zoo, Marine Corps Air Station, etc---- cost for bus and driver is $1,000 per day for 6 days = $6,000
4.   Ability to win grants to fund ABLE Foundation support for Camp Treasure Chest, Cindrella Fella Ball, and Outreach programs.  Total yearly costs $30,000.
5.   Ability to continue to attract good volunteers for ABLE Board of Directors and for certified professional instructors for children who require special needs.
CEO/Executive Director Statement

Board Chair Statement
As the Board Chair I have seen many successful out comes and many challenges that we face. We are facing the challenges every day by writing grants and asking for donations so that we can continue to see the success in the children and young adults that attend Camp Treasure Chest. For some of the consumers that attend Camp Treasure Chest this is the only time they are involved in community activities or any activity outside of the home. These children and young adults are always engaged in some form of community outing. This helps not only the consumer but it also helps us educate the community by having them involved in community activities and events. We strive everyday to educate our community on the awareness and acceptance of children and young adults with disabilities. We strive to have the community see their abilities and not the disability.  It is our hope that you will help us continue to build on the abilities of these children and young adults. This is near and dear to me as I have a son that has disabilities . I focus on having him involved in all activities and advocating for him to the fullest. This is why I am so passionate about volunteering for ABLE and helping this organization insure that we continue to grow and keep donations and grants coming in to help make them a part of the community just like all other people in our community.  We like to see them grow and be involved.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our board members are all focused on continuing to help educate the community and bringing awareness to all in regards to children and young adults with disabilities. Our goal is to show that they are ABLE and look pass the disability and ensure they are involved in the community..


Areas of Service
Beaufort County
Anyone with disabilities and special needs living in Beaufort County from Fripp Island to Hilton Head Island. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms Melina Lee Ms.
Company Affiliation Chair, Disabilities Foundation of Beaufort County, dba ABLE
Term Jan 2018 to Jan 2022
Board of Directors
Rhonda L Cole-Green Community Volunteer
Beverly Dore Community Volunteer
Martha Griffin Community Volunteer
Col (ret) USAF William Edwin Krebs USAF retired and Community Volunteer
Jayne Craig Krebs Community Volunteer
Melina Lee MCCS, Tri Command, MCAS Beaufort Diasabled Needs Families
Janice Lyle Community Volunteer
Theresa Senese Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 8
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 60%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Distributions / Grant Making
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Additional Board Members
Ms. Pamela Brandon-Hennigh Advisory Board Member
Mrs. Grace Dennis Advisory Board Member
Mr. David Green Advisory Board
Mr. Gregory Hall Advisory Board Member
Ms. Frankie Middleton Advisory Board
Ms. Nancy Pinkerton Advisory Board Member
Ms. Lynn Russo Advisory Board Member
Ms. Jane Sidell Advisory Board Member
Ms. Gardenia Simmons-White Advisory Board Member
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Challenges facing ABLE

Educating the public of services we offer is one of the biggest challenges ABLE has. As advocates of services for persons with disabilities we can help individuals, care givers and families identify needed services: jobs, housing, repairs or someone to talk with.  We are still learning and better understanding our vision and the things we can do as a committee.  Educating families and care givers of the most up-to date information from the federal and state government and the changes in treatment methods.



Working with other organizations to increase the availability of services is important. This is a unique opportunity to serve as a clearing house for DD services.     

Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 9
Contractors 0
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2017
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Diversity Policy
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Camp Treasure Chest has collaborated with The Beaufort County School District to secure a safe place to hold camp each year. We have also collaborated with Beaufort County Pals for healthy nutritious meals, bagged lunches, and recently Love House Ministries for inclusion with our campers and their program. We have a Board member who works very hard going door-to-door asking for donations for Camp. She also secures in-kind donations from local community businesses. We also collaborate with Palmetto Breeze for transportation to and from drop off point for Camp, and for local and out of town field trips. Also BJWSA, Clemson Extension, Beaufort County Libraries, local Fire, Police & EMS departments have given presentations, brochures about their jobs in the community.
Christian Service Charities2017
Description  Camp Treasure Chest is a unique summer camp experience for children and youth with developmental and related disabilities, such as autism and cerebral palsy.  It is for individuals from ages 6 to 21 that provides them with: living skills, conflict resolution, problem processing skills, and improved communications in a safe environment.  No other program in the State of South Carolina provides a camp that addresses the needs of children with such severe physical, cognitive and /or behavioral problems. 
Budget $40,000.00
Short Term Success  

The quality of life for many who attend Camp Treasure Chest has improved remarkably. Many positives have been recorded:  Speech therapy where individuals are now able to speak in complete sentences; Group interaction where the campers are able to work within a group setting; self esteem and pride in individual achievements; physical and health hygiene where individuals can take of themselves.  These individuals have been able to develop new friendships with campers from other schools.  They have learned to go out in the community to restaurants and are able to place their orders with little to no assistance.  Many have learned proper table etiquette as well as developing indoor voice controls.  Some individuals have been able to graduate to self sufficiency by moving and living in group homes without having to depend upon family members for their every-day living. 

Long Term Success To provide a better quality of life for individuals with severe disabilities and special needs.With the right support and opportunities individuals attending the camp will become contributing and productive citizens of Beaufort County by developing the skills needed. 
Program Success Monitored BY

There are three reporting tools that are used to track camp to grade camp success:

1.  After each camp session a questionnaire survey is sent to the families. The completed questionnaire measures frequency of pro-social and antisocial  behavior before and after attending camp, with the expectation that there will be an increase in pro-social behavior. Pro-social behaviors toward other camp goers and increase social interactions are closely monitored. Attendance and interest in returning to Camp Treasure the following year is also monitored as an outcome.

2.  A voluntary testimonial is requested from each parent and/or caregiver on what they have observed from their child attending Camp Treasure Chest.  Specifically what are the "+/- of the training and skills that have observed.
3.  Each professional consultant/trainer is asked to provide his/her evaluation of each child's performance after completion of the training provided. 
Description Contribute financially to the school prom “Cinderalla Fella Ball” (an annual formal event) that has been a huge success as music is found to be a media that enables many of these children to express themselves.
Budget $10,000.00
Short Term Success   Through the use of music and dance we have seen remarkable improvement with children being able to express themselves thus developing better communication skills and social interaction with others. We have seen significant improvement in social interaction between children's peer group as well as with the staff not only at the Cinderalla Fella Ball but afterwards in the DSN classroom settings.
Long Term Success  Long term goals are for children with disabilities and special needs to be able to communicate with the general population thus improving their social skills to where they can become more marketable in the workforce.
Program Success Monitored BY We receive feedback from the special needs participants, and their parents, guardians, care takers, and from the social workers who attend the Cinderalla Fella Ball as well as staff members within the DSN organization.
Description To educate and provide advocacy to the Beaufort community of the problems, challenges and limitations that children and adults with disabilities continue to experience.  To provide financial assistance to other charity groups who are providing assistance to children who have Disabilities and Special needs.  To provide help to families who require financial assistance for basic sanitary needs like eliminating insect infestation in their homes to providing transportation for their children to attend Camp Treasure Chest. 
Budget $0.00
Short Term Success 2017 Bazaar where ABLE had more than 1,500 attend a day at the Disabilities and Special Needs facilities.  This bazaar brought these folks in proximity to what his being taught and the skills that are being developed by the children.  By so doing we are seeing opportunities open up for some of the children to be hired by the local community.
Long Term Success For the population in Beaufort County to accept the children & adults with Disabilities and Special Needs as normal individuals.
Program Success Monitored BY Family members and care-givers whom provide testimonial feedback and surveys to the ABLE Foundation.

Nutrition and Healthy Choices

Budget $50,135.00
Short Term Success

Consumers will attend nutrition classes 75% of the time, achieve 14,000 steps weekly, have a 10% reduction in weight, and attend the YMCA classes twice a week.

Long Term Success

Results from Body Mass Index measurements show that 76% of residential consumers from (BCDDSN) are overweight or obese exceeding the nationwide CDC average of obesity among adults in the US. We are committed to making a difference in the health of our population by empowering our consumers and assisting them to make a lifetime change in eating healthy and in participating in physical daily activity.  Our RFP will involve working with 30 consumers in the next year with the following goals

  1. To improve lifestyle change with our consumers through nutrition counseling and physical activities.
  2. Provide nutrition classes to educate and inform consumers of low sodium, low cholesterol and prediabetes/diabetes diet.
  3. Implement physical activity programs of 2.5 hours a week to the consumers as recommended by the CDC.
Program Success Monitored BY

Monitored Success: There was a tremendous amount of enthusiasm after the program because people saw positive results from feeling healthy and losing weight. Serval consumer purchased electronic wrist pedometers and are walking regularly and monitoring their steps. The CTH II homes are experimenting with healthy recipes and menus provided by the nutritionist. Other consumer’s hearing the results from their peers are looking forward to the next Healthy Choice Program.

Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Revenue $30,000.00
Projected Expenses $29,328.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$46,542--$35,521
Administration Expense$0--$0
Fundraising Expense$2,340--$2,737
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.61--0.82
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%--93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%--9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$62,770--$60,566
Current Assets$62,770--$60,566
Long-Term Liabilities$0--$0
Current Liabilities$0--$0
Total Net Assets$62,770--$60,566
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%--0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount ---- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ---- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount ---- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose


Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Organization Comments To be competitive in winning grants to support our programs like Camp Treasure Chest.  There are more and more nonprofits competing for limited funds.  To be competitive we have added an experienced fund raising individual to our Board of Directors in 2016 to help us write better proposals.  We are also seeking out assistance from those organizations that are providing the grants to understand what specifically they are looking for, to help us to be more competitive.  We have initiated "brain-storming" sessions within the Board Members to see how we can strengthen our responses to the grant requests.
Nonprofit The Disabilities Foundation of Beaufort County Inc
Address 100 Clearwater Way
Beaufort , SC 299065798
Primary Phone (843) 255-6300
Board Chair Ms Melina Lee Ms.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chair, Disabilities Foundation of Beaufort County, dba ABLE
Year of Incorporation 2004