Welcome to the FRIENDS Tri-Cities Down Syndrome Support Group!
FRIENDS promotes community understanding and acceptance of people with Down syndrome and also offers our families and caregivers opportunities for fun activities, access to medical and developmental services information, as well as other avenues for support.
December 7th - Christmas Social
December 14th - MNO, Cheddars JC
January 7th - Tots to Twelve, Sesame Street Live
The Speedway Children's Grant awarded us with a generous grant to fund our speaker suppers for 2014! We give our deepest appreciation and heartfelt gratitude to Bristol Motor Speedways for their gift and their many good works in our community.
Malessa Fleenor and Kim Wheeler of The Arc of Washington County presented information regarding several services that The Arc provides. Sign up for these programs now because there are waiting periods that span several years. Visit The Arc of TN website to find out more about all of their programs. The following are just a few.
The Respite Care Program offers short-term, safe, and temporary care allowing families a break from caring for a child or adult with a disability. Locations include Boones Creek Christian Church in Boones Creek and Trinity Baptist Church in Jonesborough. Contact Kim Wheeler at The Arc for more information: (423) 928-9362 x207
The Family Support Program provides services for individuals and their families with assistance that is unique to their special needs. Contact Kim Wheeler at The Arc for more information: (423) 928-9362 x207
Program Brochure (includes Spanish)
The Independent Support Coordination Program offers individuals and families help with locating and accessing Waiver services and community support. Contact Malessa Fleenor for more information:
2013 Buddy Walk®!
We had great weather, a great turn-out, and a great time. Our special guests, Chris Burke with Joe and John DeMasi (Chris's website), were a delight and they made the event extra special this year. If you missed the walk, you can still donate until November. Donate here.
Watch Video of Chris, Joe and John on our YouTube channel here.