Autism can have an overwhelming effect on families. And communities don’t always know how to respond to people who have the disorder. Spectrum Autism Support Group was founded in 1998 by two moms to address these issues.

Spectrum established after-school programs, summer programs and respite to those who care for people with autism. Over the years, its leaders have developed day camps, overnight camps, social skills groups, community training and family events, all with an eye toward their mission of providing support, education and resource for individuals and families impacted by autism. Today, Spectrum serves more than 1,500 families in Gwinnett County and the surrounding metro-Atlanta area.

To support this important work, Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta stopped by the organization’s summertime Luau Party to volunteer and donate a weekend stay at the hotel. The getaway, which includes breakfast for two, will help a family member enjoy some pampering and relaxation for a couple of days, providing a well-deserved break from caregiving so they can return to their loved one refreshed.

During their visit, Sonesta employees learned firsthand about this important and nurturing organization, and how our Culture of Caring helps local organizations. If you’d like to learn more about Spectrum—and plug into their many resources and programs—we hope you’ll visit their website.