About Randy & Friends

Empowering young adults with disabilities across Hall County, GA

Our Story

After an incident at a young age that would lead to him fulfilling God’s greater purpose for his life, Randy Owens’ chances of survival were slim. Doctors questioned whether Randy could ever have a significant and meaningful future. But his mother never gave up faith that God had a full life in store for her son. 

Once Randy graduated from high school, he and his mother, Marty Owens, recognized a need to help individuals with special needs after graduation. So in 2012, Randy & Friends, Inc. began at Lakewood Baptist Church exploring God’s gifts, friendship and dreams for the future. 

The group started their meetings at Lakewood for some time then as the ministry grew, the meeting place for “The Rooster’s Perch” relocated next to the Gainesville Train Station.

The ministry has rapidly expanded into community job development and coaching to help our associates with special needs both internally within our enterprise companies and in the community with several local businesses in Hall County.

Our Mission

Randy and Friends is a non-denominational Christian ministry providing physically and intellectually challenged adults opportunities to become independent and contributing members of their community.

Meet Our Staff

Marty Owens

Founder

Marty is a visionary and the heart of Randy & Friends, as well as the founder of several non-profits serving those who need an advocate. 

She is the mother of Randy Owens as well as seven other children. She is the Governor appointed Board member on the State Use Council. She is the recipient of the Woman of the Year Award, and she is an active member of Lakewood Baptist Church and the Hall County Rotary. Marty represents the best of Gainesville.

Becky Vinson

Executive Director

Ms. Vinson is a retired teacher from Hall County School System. She spent the majority of her teaching career in lower grades and finished out the last 10 years in Special Education.

Ms. Vinson holds a degree from University of North Georgia in Early Childhood Education and Special Education, as well as a degree from Lincoln Memorial University in Administration and Leadership. She grew up in Chestnut Mountain where she still lives with her two children Peyton and Katelyn.

Kayla Frederick

Program Director

Kayla is responsible for the organization’s post high school education and career preparation program for adults with special needs. 

“God has called me to work with people of all abilities,” said Kayla. “In the past, I have worked one-on-one with children with disabilities and that experience helped me realize my calling.” 

 She has a degree in Psychology and created a weekend program called Hooligans which provides respite care and a means for creating lasting friendships in developing social skills.

Meet Our Board

Alana Rochester

President

Alan Wallhausen

President Elect

Caroline Dell

Jim Syfan

Gary Ewing

Beth Skarda

Chase Hyder

Barb Angle

Alan Eades

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