Business Profile: Special Parents Information Network (SPIN)

The Special Parents Information Network staff.

In 1985, a group of San Benito and Santa Cruz county parents who
have children with special needs began meeting together for
support.
Location: Currently looking for office space in Hollister

Owner: Cece Pinheiro, executive director

Manager: Monica Sandoval, parent support coordinator

Services: SPIN is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to help children with disabilities achieve their full potential by empowering their families and the professionals who serve them through information, support and resources in San Benito and Santa Cruz counties.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Web site: www.spinsc.org

History: In 1985, a group of San Benito and Santa Cruz county parents who have children with special needs began meeting together for support. Through the years, parents have continued to maintain the organization that, in 1996, became known as SPIN (Special Parents Information Network.) In June, 2000, SPIN became incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.

Philosophy: To encourage networking among parents of children with special needs allowing them to benefit from sharing ideas, knowledge, feelings and experiences. To facilitate communication between parents of children with special needs and the professionals, schools and agencies who serve them. To provide training, information and referral resources for families of children with special needs and community service-providers. To foster support of siblings of children with special needs. To broaden community awareness regarding the need for community accessibility, inclusion, support and acceptance of children with special needs.

Contact: (831) 722-2800.

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