The Freddie Ford Family Foundation is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization located in St. Louis County, Missouri. The Organization was established in 2018 by its Founder/Executive Director Felicia Ford, who has 3 children who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Thus, Ms. Ford is uniquely qualified as a parent to educate others on the needs of children on the autism spectrum and promote awareness in the under-served communities. The Organization plans to offer several social services to members of its community and plans to expand by providing a children’s gym for social interaction open to all children and a clinic to provide diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. The Organization also plans to provide support groups for parents, siblings, and children on the spectrum as well as serve as a resource to the community at large by providing educational materials to create a greater understanding of autism and how it affects those on the spectrum and the ongoing needs of the families. The Freddie Ford Family Foundation hopes to fund these programs through grants and other donated revenue.
We understand that early intervention and diagnosis is lacking in the African American and minority communities.
The mission of the Freddie Ford Family Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area for under-served children and families impacted by autism by providing medical, educational, and social services to families in need as well as raise awareness and acceptance of autism.
“Every child should have equal access to support and medical treatment.”
Freddie Ford was born in Nacogdoches Texas on June 11, 1940. He grew up in Fort Worth Texas and later relocated to St Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Soldan high school.
After attending college briefly in Kansas, Mr. Ford enlisted in the United States Navy. He was deployed to Vietnam. After he was discharged honorably from the Navy, he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve where he served his country honorably for an additional 20 years.
Freddie Ford lived a life of service to his community. He was a police officer in the City of St Louis for 10 years before relocating to Cape Girardeau, Missouri where he served as a police officer and as a detective. He retired from the Cape Girardeau Police Department in 2002 after 20-plus years of service.
As a police officer, he was dedicated to protecting and serving. He assisted families and youths in need whenever possible. Freddie Ford believe that you treat people like you want to be treated and always try to be decent. He always helped others, because he wanted others to help his children if they were ever in need in an emergency situation.
Freddie Ford was a dedicated father of 6 children, husband, and loving grandfather. He believed strongly in family and protecting the bond they shared. He made it a point to help others whenever he could. He was also a community activist and businessman.
Mr. Ford passed away January 10, 2018. In keeping with his life's work of service to others, and his love for youths, this foundation is named in his honor.
In Loving Memory
The vision of the Freddie Ford Family Foundation is to provide recreational, diagnostic, therapeutic, and financial assistance to under-served families impacted by autism.