Support Staff


Rutledge Center as it is known today began in 1968 when concerned parents and citizens of Coweta County saw a need to help children with “special needs.” Originally Open Door School, things began in a small house owned by First Baptist Newnan with seven students, one teacher, and an assistant. After students were integrated into the public school system Open Door School became Open Door Training Center and an emphasis was placed on outreach services and work activities for adults.

In 1984 Open Door Training Center was renamed Rutledge Center in memory of one of its founders, A. Burt Rutledge. Rutledge Center has grown and today serves over 60 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Over the years the name may have changed but one thing has remained, Rutledge Center has always been a leading organization in supporting adults with developmental disabilities to have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.

The Rutledge Center, Inc. is fortunate to employee some of the best Direct Support Staff workers around. Many DSS’s that work at Rutledge have worked here for a long time. It is their career. Serving others is their mission. Others are new to the journey, and maybe it will become their career as well. With extensive competency training and a servants heart, our DSS strive to empower our participants to live life to their fullest potential and be the best version of themselves. A few of our core DSS concepts are: Advocate, empower, support, care and kindness.