Schott Communities is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1986 to address the needs of persons who are deaf or who are physically or intellectually challenged in South Florida. The agency is an extension of the ministry of the Archdiocese of Miami for this special population. It is named for the parents of Joseph J. Schott, Jr., who purchased its "home" in a quasi-rural section of Cooper City, Florida and established the Schott Memorial Foundation to help fund its programs and services. The organization is governed by a Board of Directors and is managed by an Executive Director and assistant directors and coordinators. A cadre of volunteers also serve the Communities.

Unique to Florida, Schott Communities develops residential housing for the deaf or disabled; designs programs to assist clients develop skills for independent living; offers clients counseling services and educational programs to promote self-sufficiency, and provides clients with social, recreational and spiritual opportunities to enhance their quality and enjoyment of life. In an environment of caring and dignity, persons who are deaf or disabled are encouraged and challenged to grow in self-acceptance and independence.
Schott Enrichment Center
The Schott Enrichment Center provides social and educational programs to more than 225 persons who are deaf or disabled living in the local communities as well as in Schott residences. Our programs integrate:
  • Educational and artistic experiences
  • Personal growth and development
  • Physical fitness activities
  • Socialization
In addition to its scheduled programs and services, the Center networks and collaborates with numerous civic and community organizations also serving this population. Public advocacy on behalf of this special-needs population is an important component of the organization's mission.
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Schott Residences
The Schott Residences are situated on the 17-acre Schott Campus and consist of a group home for developmentally disabled women and a 6-apartment complex for the deaf or disabled. Both facilities were built in 2000 as state-of-the-art residences, situated in a spacious, suburban community. The residences' staff is dedicated to the promotion of independence, self-sufficiency and quality of life. Integration and involvement of residents with the local community is encouraged and facilitated through the provision of transportation services.
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Schott Chapel
The Schott Chapel is a haven for spiritual enrichment and growth. Located on the Schott Campus, St. Jude Chapel offers liturgy, opportunities for private prayer, and educational programs for Schott residents and others from the surrounding communities. Persons of all faiths are welcome to the Chapel to draw strength and vitality from the well of its spirituality.