Community Groups provide information, resources and emotional support to each of the families connected within the group. They are based on location, age, relationship to person with Down syndrome, culture and/or native language and run independently of each other. Each of our Community Groups has a unique personality and strive to serve the families involved.
Saint Charles County MO/West St. Louis County
This group provides meetings, family outings, two separate playgroups and guest speakers on occasion. Meetings are held monthly at various locations. Follow the group on their blog here.
For more information, please contact Randa-Kay Woods at 636.485.3212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kirkwood/Webster MO Mothers
This group offers their monthly Moms Night Out networking and coffee group. They meet on the third Thursday of the month at 7pm at various locations.
Jefferson County, MO
If you are in Jefferson County or the surrounding areas (MO or IL), feel free to join this group. Meetings are held at the Arnold library at Hwy 141 and Astra Way from 7-9pm.
2012 meeting dates are: 1/31, 2/28, 3/20, 4/24, 5/29, 6/26, 7/31, 8/28, 9/25, 10/30, 11/27, 12/18.
For more information please contact Carla Werk at 314.420.4450 or email@example.com.
North County Community Group
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Down Syndrome Group of the Lake of the Ozarks (Camdenton, MO and surrounding area)
For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Cape Girardeau, MO – Heartland Group (SE Missouri/So Illinois) –
The Heartland Group meets on the second Saturday of the month, from 10am-noon in Conference Room 3 of the Saint Francis Health & Wellness Center in Cape Girardeau. Childcare is available.
For more information please contact Claire at 573.334.5685 or Theresa at 573.335.2781, or e-mail the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Central Missouri Down Syndrome Family Network
The River City Parent Group is always happy to have new members.
For more information on events and meeting times please contact Paula Backues at 573.230.7230 or email@example.com.
Kirksville, MO/Northern MO
The Rural Missouri Friends group is based in northern Missouri, with events in Kirksville and Brookfield.
Poplar Bluff, MO
For more information, or to be a part of the group, please contact Crystal Bell at 573.776.0697 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, or to be a part of the group, please visit the DADS Group website here
Metro East (Shiloh, IL)
This group meets the second Monday of each month at Cornerstone Christian Churchin Shiloh, IL from 6:15-8 p.m. Childcare is provided for $5.00 per child. The group occasionally has guest speakers and outside events. Follow the group on their website and on their Facebook page.
Riverbend Down Syndrome Association- Southwest Illinois (Madison & St. Clair Counties)
This group meets from 6:30-8:00pm on the fourth Monday of each month at LeClaire Christian Church in Edwardsville, IL. Follow the group on their website.
For more information or to receive the monthly newsletter please contact Peggy Mitchell at 618.288-2555 or email@example.com.
Area Down syndrome groups are those groups that have their own not-for-profit 501 (c)(3)status and are in our area and often many of their members are also members of the DSAGSL.
Lincoln Land DS Society (Springfield)
The Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks hosts monthly events. Follow the group on their website.
For more information please contact Mindy Hesterly at 417.885.9905, 888.655.5173 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Francois County, MO- Mineral Area DSA
For more information please contact Brianna Shelton at 573.701.3576 or email@example.com.
For more information please contact 217.617.3568 or firstname.lastname@example.org.