Our History


Happy Hour has been assisting the Exceptional Citizens of Houston County since day one, back in the late fifties.
Ever since then, we've been changing lives and doing our part in this wonderful community.


1956 The Houston County Association for Exceptional Children, Inc. was founded.

1957 On September 17th, the first class began in Second Baptist Church.

1964 The Happy Hour School (Maude Paris Building) was completed.
The Jaycees sponsored a successful fund drive and also helped construction.

1966 The School was at full capacity and two additional classrooms, along with an assembly room, were added.

1970 Happy Hour Workshop I (Dan Callahan Building) was built through a private foundation grant of $75,000.
This building was completely furnished, and paid in full, upon opening.

1976 Happy Hour School was overflowing and the Jay Ryals annex was added.

1985 Happy Hour Workshop II (McCannon Building) was built, and financed, through an SBA loan.

1993 In March, Falcon Park I and II (group homes funded by HUD) were opened to serve 8 residential individuals.

1993 In August, Workshop III was opened to manage our many recycling contracts.

2003 In August, we broke ground on Falcon Park III,
our semi-independent living apartment complex that was funded by HUD.

2005 In March, FP III openend to serve 10 residential individuals.

2008 On June 1, Falcon Park IV & V were opened to serve 7 residential individuals.

2009 Community Employment's offices moved into the West Wing of The Stafford Building, allowing them to expand their services.
At this time, they began serving individuals in the Georgia Department of Labor Vocational Rehabilitation program.

2011 In February, Exceptional Mail & More opened in the remodeled South Wing of The Stafford Building.
In May, our Administrative Offices moved into the remodeled North Wing of the Stafford Building,
which opened up more classrooms at the School to serve the Severe and Profound.
On June 1, Falcon Park VI was opened to serve 4 residential individuals.

2012 The Old Post Office on Davis Drive was purchased and opened as Workshop IV to serve more individuals.
We have also utilized the back of the workshop to house our Recycled Treasures Yard Sale operation.

 

Houston County Association for Exceptional Citizens has been doing our part for half a decade, and we don't intend to stop anytime soon. 
If you'd like to know how you can lend a helping hand, contact us! We will be happy to hear from you.