Serendipity was founded in 1975 by Molly Grady as a pathway to integrate special needs children into a main stream setting. Molly’s desire stemmed from the love she has for her niece, Sarah, who was born with Hydrocephaly and Spina Bifida. The name Serendipity was chosen because it reflects the wonderful happenings with children and because it sounds somewhat like Sarah. Sarah attended Serendipity Day School and is now a successful and productive member of society and the local work force. We continue this desire by having special needs children integrated into our classrooms while receiving services from a variety of outside organizations.
Established as a non-profit, under the corporate name, Felicidad Foundation, we have a board of directors whose mission is to focus on long range planning, staff support, and fundraising. We spent 20 years renting our first location on Girard across from Jefferson Middle School. In 1995, we moved to our current location after purchasing the 3 buildings from the New Mexico School for the Deaf. Our new location has five classrooms with children aged 18 months to five years.
We are now in our 47th year of operation and feel that our philosophies are as sound today as they were 47 years ago. We take great pride in offering a quality program to families. As a result, we have a string of former Serendipity children coming back to us in the capacity of parent, teacher, or simply to say hello. It is very heartwarming and also humbling to know we have been part of these lives. Here’s to 47 more years!
Serendipity- the act of finding something valuable or delightful when you are not looking for it.