A B O U T HIDDEN TREASURES ACADEMY, INC.
Hidden Treasures Academy, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We have been providing post-secondary educational opportunities for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 2013. In our program, we focus on all areas that promote growth: Academic, Physical, Social, Emotional, Vocational and Spiritual. In the words of one of our Charter Board Members, the late and great Dr. Jim Pierson, "There are NO disabled souls".
When we founded Hidden Treasures Academy in 2013, we conducted research within a 150-mile radius of Hamblen County to identify programs that address the needs of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As part of our business plan, we intentionally avoided duplicating services. Seeing the need to fill a desperate void within our local community, we created an innovative program that maximizes independence, social maturity and spiritual growth for students with disabilities who are graduating or aging out of the school system. This is a particularly dangerous time for many disabled young adults as they disappear from the system entirely. These young adults become a forgotten and unserved part of our community. For the young adult who has long graduated and drifted into a life of isolation, loneliness, and inactivity, our program invites them back to a productive life of gainful employment, vibrant social engagement, and physical fitness. We open up new vistas for an underserved segment of our community.
Our driving force is a passionate desire to help those who cannot help themselves while raising the trajectory of their lives and uncovering the hidden treasures (gifts, talents and potential) in those we serve through Hidden Treasures Academy!
Tracy E. Lewis
Founder and Executive Director
Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God and our standard for faith and practice.
We believe in God as revealed in the Bible. He is our eternal Heavenly Father and the Author of Truth, Love and Faith.
We believe in the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection and in His second coming.
We believe in the Holy Spirit who empowers for service and reveals Jesus in us.
We believe that man was created in the image of God, fell through disobedience, and is saved through faith in Jesus Christ.
"I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name."
(Isaiah 45:3, NIV)
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors are highly-qualified and have a combined total of 200 + years of experience in Special Education and Disability Ministry.
Bruce Campbell, Chairman of the Board
Dr. Cyd Grice, Vice-Chairman
Denise Lindsey, Secretary
Honoring our Charter Board Members:
Tracy E. Lewis, Founder
Rick Kopituk, Co-Founder
Dr. Jim Pierson
Dr. Mike Hannum