Gary’s Gang

Testimonials

At New Generations, we offer a wide variety of programs for special needs adults. Please read through our testimonials for Gary’s Gang and contact us at our Florence or Marion, South Carolina location when you are ready to get started.

Timothy Campbell Jr.


Leslie Lassiter


Jennifer York


Bob Kearns


Beth Haley


William & Anne Sweat


Tyreese Fox


Mike Coker


Jenks Craven


H. Michael Thomas


Becky Thompson


Carla Canteen


Lana Ross


I am writing to thank you and the entire New Generations staff for providing such a fun, loving, caring and safe day program for my daughter, Anna Kearns. And also for our other residents from PADD who are able to participate in Gary’s Gang at New Generations.

Anna enjoys all the activities. Snow cones, the hot dog truck, the movies, the crafts, going out to eat and the community trips…it is just a wonderful place for her to be. She enjoys the interaction with all the participants. Another nice thing is that she has several “old friends” from Hartsville that she has reconnected with.

My wife and I enjoy keeping up with her activities and always ask her about her day and what she did. As parents, it is a blessing to know that Anna is enjoying her life. We need more places like New Generations. Wishing you all the best, and thank you.

Bob Kearns, Parent


Our son, Daniel, is a non-verbal 25-year-old that has been attending New Generations Day Center for 4 years. Because of his inability to communicate verbally, we have watched his behavior in situations to see if he is happy or uneasy. We only see happy. When he knows it is time to go to the center, he is ready and at the door. There is no hesitation getting him into the center with a smile and he has a smile when we arrive to pick him up. The group for his age is called “Gary’s Gang.” That gang sure stays active and having fun. I attribute this to the administration and staff.

It is safe, clean and a fun place for Daniel. We would not want him anywhere else.

Daniel’s parents,

Randy and Janet Elvington


Jessica was sharing with me how much fun she had yesterday. She was laughing & giggling about not having socks for the bowling shoes and how awkward it was. Nonetheless she enjoyed herself. Thank you for bringing joy to her life.

6-10-15 Bowling Outing


My daughter, Sarah, has been attending New Generations Adult Daycare Center since she graduated high school in 2004. I, of course, visited other centers before making my decision as to where and with whom, Sarah would be spending the majority of her day with. At the time, NGADC was located in an old building on Irby Street. I had already visited one other place, with a fairly good showing, but when I walked into New Generations, I could feel warmth and a special spirit. Mind you, the building was NOT as impressive as the other I visited, but the feelings I got when I talked with Karen and the staff made me want my child to be there. I knew from the beginning that they would take a personal interest in her and care for her as I hoped.

Sarah was one of the first young adults to go there, but since then, many of her former schoolmates and friends have come. “Gary’s Gang” has been a wonderful setting for her. And with the new building and a whole area for “Gary’s Gang”, it has been a super program! They go on field trips to shopping, bowling, farmer’s market, the fair, Special Olympics and other activities that the group may be interested in. They do crafts and have learning activities-a lot like what they did in school. The staff who are there are the Best!

Sarah always enjoys getting up in the morning and going to Day Care. When we go out of town for family vacations or miss for other reasons, she is always ready to get back. It is her home away from home, and I am so grateful for this extended family! Thank you New Generations!!

Sincerely,

Terrea Harvey


Christine has been attending New Generations for three years. Since she has been in this program she has come a long way. When Christine finished South Florence I decided to put her at New Generations.

Since Christine has been at New Generations she has really blossomed. She really looks forward to going there every day. The staff at New Generations keeps all of the clients busy and interested in everything they do. They take them shopping, bowling, movies, to the Farmer’s Market and much more.

Robbin Clover


It never ceases to amaze me. The main purpose of this article is to demonstrate how much New Generations Adult Day Center has been a blessing to my family. The staff and administrators have been very supportive, compassionate, and well verse in the daily care of all their clients. My daughter is especially pleased by coming in and sharing the many opportunities that they make available. The staff and administrators concern and interaction for her when she arrives on the bus is very warm and welcoming. They provide daily activities as well as outings, crafts, and sharing time. By her attending the program, it has supported her mentally, physically, and socially. I have concluded that this facility has offered many opportunities for my daughter and it is very family oriented with lots of love and dedication.

Patricia A. Smith


I just want to say thanks for all the hard work you and the staff put in. Lynn loves going to New Generations because all of the staff is good to everyone. That’s not just one but everyone. I know that sometimes it’s hard but I just want to say thank you and the staff for all the hard work you put in every day. Thank you.

Shirley R.


New Generations Adult Day Center has been a huge blessing to our family. Almost a year and a half ago, in June 2017, my son Matthew Elliott began attending the center. In the beginning, it was a major adjustment for him as he had been at home with me for almost 3 years. I have worked from home since he was a baby and his epilepsy began which has been a blessing in itself. But once he graduated from school and was home with me every day, with not a lotto do until I finished working, I could see he was extremely bored and even almost depressed. Our family stays busy and involved with a lot so Matthew is always going or doing something but I knew he needed involvement with other peers his age on a daily basis during the day of our work hours. That is when I spoke to my friend, co-owner of New Generations, Karen Belissary. We also serve on the board for the Miracle League of Florence County together. She encouraged me to bring Matthew by for the free visit, which we did. I was probably more nervous than Matthew. But going that day and seeing so many familiar faces that Matthew knew from school and Miracle League baseball made it much easier. We met with some of the staff, Johnny and Stacey Flowers to learn about the center and they instantly made me feel at ease. It was obvious how much the center and their clients meant to them.

in the beginning, Matthew was only going 3 days a week and even then there were some really hard days where he didn’t want to go or he was angry about having to go and just really wouldn’t participate with a lot going on at the center. He wouldn’t even go on field trips unless I went also, and I am just not able to take off of work for every field trip. But I kept praying to God to help Matthew adjust and many times called Stacey to talk to see what she thought I could do to help him adjust better. She would always tell me things would get better, but one thing she said to me stuck….she said we WILL make a success story out of Matthew. She will never know how much that one little statement meant to me, just knowing she and the rest of the amazing staff there were willing to work with Matthew to help him adjust and enjoy being there during the day. I truly can’t say enough about ALL of the staff and how obvious it is that they are so compassionate about their jobs and they care about each of the clients who attend. Alexis Johnson and Joya Foxworth have been 2 angels for me and Matthew. They are not the only ones but Matthew adores them and talks about them all of the time. They, along with Stacey, have seen me shed many tears over Matthew and his adjustment time there, and they have always been encouraging. I know they are a BIG reason that Matthew now goes 5 days a week, goes on almost every field trip without me, and rides the bus home in the afternoons. Our bus driver, Mrs. Brenda, is a blessing too—we just love her!

I am SO THANKFUL for New Generations and what they have done for our family over the last year. I know in my heart it is because of your help, that my Matthew has his smile back. He doesn’t complain about having to go and enjoys being with his friends, but he still just needs that little nudge of encouragement to participate. I am acquainted with a lot of special needs parents, and when asked, I always recommend and speak highly of New Generations. THANK YOU ALL for all you do and for loving my Matthew.

Vickie Elliott

Affiliations

Alzheimer's Association Autism Speaks NADSA Miracle League