About Randy & Friends

Randy and Friends, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, envisions creating a community that gives each person the opportunity to reach their full potential and accomplish their dreams. Randy and Friends, Inc. began in Gainesville, Georgia and we have been blessed with growing our mission of helping individuals with disabilities as we continue to serve in Hall county.  Our awesome job coaches tap into the individual strengths and creativity of each young adult with the end desire that they become successful and independent with a job. Our training programs are invaluable to developing life, social, and job skills such as wood working, horticulture, outdoor sports, communications, customer service and other marketable skills.

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. 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.

Our 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, Dawson, Forsyth, and Fulton counties.

Staff Members

Kayla Frederick

Director of Randy and Friends

Randy and Friends welcomes Kayla Frederick as new Program Director. She 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.

Marty Owens

Founder of Randy and Friends

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.

Board Members

Alana Rochester


Sandra Deal


Alan Wallhausen

Steve Murray

Jim Syfan

Gary Ewing

Beth Skarda

Barb Angle

Dwight Loggins

Contact Us

Kayla Frederick - Director

Marty Owens - Founder

856 Main Street
Gainesville, GA 30506

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