Community Groups

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.

ST. LOUIS AREA COMMUNITY GROUPS

Heartland Community Group
Areas Served:
Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois
Meetings: 2nd Saturday of each month, 10am – Noon at Cape Girardeau Public Library, Penzel Room
Facebook: www.facebook.com/HeartlandDSA
Contact: heartlanddsa@msn.com, (573)334-5685

Central Missouri Down Syndrome Family Network
Areas Served: Jefferson City Area
Meeting dates and times vary
Facebook: www.facebook.com/centralmodsfamilynetwork?fref=ts
Contact: centralmodsfamilynetwork@gmail.com , (573)230-7230

Down Syndrome Group of the Lake of the Ozarks
Areas Served:
Camdenton, MO and surrounding areas
Meetings: TBD
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/663891523653529/
Contact: dsgloz@hotmail.com, (573)374-8337.

Kirkwood/Webster Community Group
Areas Served: Kirkwood / Webster, MO and surrounding areas
Meetings: 3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm at various locations around Kirkwood/Webster
Contact: joyce@objectnirvana.com, (314)822-2227; dewdrop519@yahoo.com, (618)570-8485

North County Community Group
Areas Served:
Florissant and surrounding North St. Louis County areas
Meetings: Quarterly at Victory Resource Center, 119 Church Street, Suite 220, Ferguson, MO, 63135
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/North-County-Down-Syndrome-Community-Group-STL/501592436546406?fref=ts
Contact:  dsagsl.ncg@gmail.com, (314)222-7047.

Northern Missouri Community Group
Areas Served:
Kirksville, Brookfield and surrounding areas
Meeting dates and times vary
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Down-Syndrome-Community-Group-of-Northern-Missouri/356892451086093
Contact: beckyjpike@gmail.com, (660)627-7453; or kmccurry@shighway.com, (660)258-7204.

Saint Charles County Community Group
Areas Served:
St. Charles, West County, MO and surrounding areas
Meetings:  Monthly at various locations.
Blog: downsyndromestc.blogspot.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/stcdsgroup
Contact:  downsyndromestc@gmail.com

ILLINOIS COMMUNITY GROUPS

Metro-East Down Syndrome Alliance (MEDSA) (Shiloh, Illinois and surrounding)
Meetings:
Second Monday of each month September through May; 6:15 – 8:15 pm; Cornerstone Christian Church, 775 N. Green Mount Rd. in Shiloh, IL, 62221
Website: metroeastdsa.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/245883765486/
Contact: amb2728@gmail.com , (970)985-1576, or kathy@harnar.net.

Southern Illinois Community Group
Areas Served:
Carbondale, Creal Springs, IL and surrounding areas
Meetings: Various dates and locations
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Southern-Illinois-Down-Syndrome-Support-Group/10150122313390495
Contact: jaakdander1@yahoo.com, (618)922-5846

OTHER AREA DOWN SYNDROME GROUPS
These are groups that may have their own not-for-profit 501 (c)(3)status, are in our area, are close and valued partners of the DSAGSL, and who often have overlapping membership.

Riverbend Down Syndrome Association
Areas Served:
Southwest Illinois, Madison and St. Clair Counties
Meetings: 4th Monday of each month; 6:30-8:00pm; LeClaire Christian Church, 1914 Esic Drive, Edwardsville, IL, 62025
Website: www.riverbendds.org
Contact: secretary@riverbendds.org, (618)667-8771

Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome (DADS)
Areas Served
: Greater St. Louis area
Meetings: First Friday of every month, 5:30pm; Patrick’s at Westport
Website: www.dadsstl.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/DADS-St-Louis-Chapter/134721146598480
Contact: dadsstl@dadsstl.org

Down Country
Areas Served:
Hannibal, Palmyra, Quincy and surrounding areas
Website: www.upatdowncountry.com/index.php
Facebook: www.facebook.com/UpatDownCountry?fref=ts
Contact: info@upatdowncountry.com, 217-617-3568

Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks
Areas Served:
Springfield, MO and surrounding areas
Website: www.ozarksdsg.org
Contact:  info@ozarksdsg.org, (417)885-9905 or (888)655-5173

Lincoln Land Down Syndrome Society
Areas Served:
Springfield, IL and surrounding areas
Website: www.lldss.org
Contact: lldss@comcast.net, (217)741-1832

Mineral Area Down Syndrome Group
Areas Served: St. Francois County
Contact: bshelton@centralr3.org, (573)701-3576