Who We Are


Our Mission

The mission of Empower Me Center is to empower special needs individuals to achieve their full potential in a community filled with possibilities meeting their emotional and physical needs through love, acceptance, friendship, and family led by professional and therapeutic staff.

Our Vision
The vision of Empower Me Center is to inspire each individual to look beyond their current capabilities and explore their world with the confidence and knowledge that they ALL have a special gift to give this world!

Our History
Empower Me Center is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 dedicated to meeting the multitude of needs of individuals with disabilities and their families. From our inception, Empower Me Center has always been about kids, very special kids, many of whom have now grown with us into adulthood. We began as a weekend basketball league and have evolved to serving more than 2,100
individuals with special needs from 28 counties in Tennessee annually.


The Need
Nearly one-fifth of all Americans have a physical, sensory or intellectual disability. In 2018 the Tennessee Department of Education reported 128,439 registered children ages 3-21 with disabilities. (This does not account for private school or home-schooled children). There is a tremendous statewide shortage of, and very limited access to, adapted special needs programming for this ever-growing population.

Children and young adults with disabilities aspire to be in an accepting, therapeutic

environment where not only their individual needs are met, but they can learn and
enjoy the same opportunities as those in their peer groups without disabilities.

Additionally, their caregivers depend on year-round respite opportunities and safe, 
reliable childcare during the summer so they can continue working to support their families.

Empower Me Center helps fill the gap in opportunity by offering year-round activities. Our programs provide a safe, positive learning and social environment for children and young adults ages 5-35. They include, but are not limited to individuals with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Cancer, Epilepsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from physical or sexual abuse, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, 
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Blindness, Deafness, Microencephaly and Schizophrenia.

Our Future

As the needs of our participants evolve, we are dedicated to creating opportunities for even greater things! Empower Me has always been a family. Now we are ready for our own home. In 2017, we purchased 25.45 acres of land on South Hartmann Drive in Lebanon, Tennessee. With the help of our community, we will build state-
of-the-art facilities focused on meeting the growing demand of programming for special needs individuals in our area. 

The Empower Me Center will be the future home of our D.R.E.A.M.  the Day Camp Program, the Recreational Program, the
Educational Progra
m, the Adult Program and the Multi-Living program. 
 
At Empower Me Center growth takes place and lifelong friendships are formed. We strive to increase responsibility and independence, confidence and self-esteem, and to develop a sense of spirituality in every individual. We value their strengths and differences and are dedicated to empowering our amazing program participants to live fun, fulfilling, and productive lives.

We are excited about our future home and are grateful to everyone who has helped us along the path to achieving our dream. 

We are sustained by the big hearts of partners in our community who give generously. If you would like to help change the lives of the incredible people we serve, please call us at 
615-453-0005.