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6:19 PM, Jun 17, 2013   |    comments
Open Doors TN held an open house on Saturday afternoon.
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(WBIR-Kingston, TN) A nonprofit organization focused on helping people with disabilities and their families is expanding.

John and LeaEllen Agee gave Open Doors TN a house in Kingston to use for different programs, free of charge.

Visitors attended an open house on Saturday afternoon. The nonprofit has never had a permanent space until now.

Open Doors TN provides respite care, so parents or siblings can take some for themselves.

"To have a respite opportunity is just fabulous. Matthew [LeCompte] goes to a camp once a year, well one week and then one weekend, and that's the only break that we get," said Carlene LeCompte, whose son, Matthew, has cerebral palsy.

There is also overnight camps for kids with special needs and plans to expand services to veterans.

Since 2006, Open Doors TN has provided services to families of children who have special needs.

Steve and Kelly Johnson started the organization after noticing the lack of services for their son, Will, who has an intellectual disability.

"I was a stay at home dad for 10 years. You get lost. You get tied up in trying to cure your child and find the best for your child," Steve said.

The house is 9,000 square feet with 16 rooms.

Each room is in need of renovation and furniture. Steve said the biggest need is for beds and bunk beds for the 7 bedrooms.

100% of donations helps children with disabilities.

Those interested in adopting a room to renovate, or providing furniture, can contact Steve at

Open Doors TN is also registered at Target under "List," first name "Open" and last name "Doors."

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