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Next Step Clubhouse


Next Step Clubhouse (NSC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established to serve individuals with special needs in the Greater Charlotte area by targeting social and recreational objectives not met by educational institutions or the community at large. 


In November of 2014, a group of people interested in serving this population formed to explore the need and feasibility of a program such as this in our community.  Originally incorporated on June of 2015 as The Exceptional Foundation of Charlotte (TEFC), the organization received 501(c)(3) designation on October 2015.  On September 14, 2016 TEFC opened and began serving individuals with disabilities from Mecklenburg and the surrounding counties. During the second half of 2019, the organization made the decision to rebrand and officially became Next Step Clubhouse on June 16, 2020.


What started as a small group of individuals with special needs has grown in size. Next Step Clubhouse is currently serving over 50 individuals with intellectual and or developmental disabilities. Next Step Clubhouse’s long term goal is to build its own recreational and administrative facility that continues to remain centrally located in Charlotte.

You get out of life what you put into it!

Our Mission

To provide a facility and programs for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to meet regularly and experience a broad range of social and recreational activities designed to promote healthy living, support social relationships, explore the arts, improve functional skills, and foster community involvement.

Our Mission

Our Vision

To create a world where people with intellectual and or developmental disabilities can take the next step without needing organizations like ours to help.

Make a MEANINGFUL impact today!

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