The families of children with special needs, including intellectual or developmental disabilities, often wait a long time to receive services. Over 155,000 people in Texas alone are waiting for funding approval.
It can be 10 years or more before some families receive the extra levels of support they require. Shanel Tarrant has twin sons with autism, and they spent 12 years on waiting lists before receiving “emergency” help.
Zac Brown, who formed the Zac Brown Band, decided that he could do something about this problem. His newest project isn’t another album. It’s Camp Southern Ground, a 400-acre of farmland in Georgia.
What Is the Goal of Camp Southern Ground?
The project is still in its design and construction stage, but Brown wants to serve children between the ages of 7-17 who have a variety of disabilities. He and the band are using the income earned from their recent tours to fund the project.
Once completed, Camp Southern Ground will have a large aquatics center, a technology lab, an art center, and much more. Trails, lodges, and a chapel are part of this ambitious charitable project.
The new campground will work with an organic farm so that fresh produce is available. It will be a fun, expansive, and educational place that fills in one of the critical service gaps for families.
Veteran programs are also available at the campground to help those who have difficulties transitioning to civilian life.
If you are interested in volunteering your time to help Camp Southern Ground, then a dedicated page is set up to take your information. You can also donate to the cause directly by using this link.