Support, Networking, and Meet Up Groups
Whether a sibling, a parent, a family member, or a friend, you can gather with others who understand the unique challenges of having a loved one with a disability.
Sibshops offers an opportunity for brothers and sisters of children with intellectual disabilities to get peer support and education within a recreational context. The program will include a fun mix of information, games, activities, and discussion. For more information, contact Julie Thompkins, Family Navigator at 314-817-2269.
Caregivers of Older Adults
Primary caregivers of older adults may feel an urgency to plan for the future. Conversation includes ensuring a good life for your family members after you’re gone, as well as sharing stories, resources, and problem solving. For more information, contact Ann Mangelsdorf at 314-817-2275.
CONNECT is a program at the St. Louis Arc that empowers individuals to lead an independent life using individualized and community supports. This program is ideal for adults interested in moving out on their own and needing minimal support in order to be successful. For the next meetup dates and to RSVP, join our Meetup group. For more information, please contact Beth Moeller, Director of Community Living at 314-817-2271.
Providing individual and group counseling to teenagers, adults, and their families. For more information, please contact Barbara Stewart, Individual and Family Counselor.
Get together in an informal setting with other dads who understand the unique challenges of raising a child with a disability. Locations and time vary. For more information, please contact Mark Keeley, President and CEO, at 314-817-2280.
Joyzen Alumni Group
This group is reserved for any family member who has completed a Joyzen Intensive class. Joyzen graduates will work with Liz Fuchs and members of the St. Louis Arc Family Supports team to share parenting successes and struggles, and apply Joyzen techniques as we problem solve together. For the next meetup dates and to RSVP, join our Meetup group. For more information, contact Sharon Spurlock, Director of Family Supports at 314-817-2222.
LifeCourse Planning Group
The LifeCourse Planning Group is for families who are looking for connections and resources to help lay out a plan for the future. This can include families of individuals of any age who are trying to plan ahead. Using the LifeCourse framework and toolkit, we will work individually, and as a group, to create a vision for the future, steps towards making that vision a reality and address potential roadblocks. For the next meetup dates and to RSVP, join our Meetup group. For more information, contact Sharon Spurlock, Director of Family Supports at 314-817-2222.
Launch is for families of young adults who are preparing to leave school or who are already out in the adult world but still moving towards independence. The group provides opportunities to share concerns, ideas and resources to assist young adults to graduate from school to transition services, and then into a successful life in the community with other families that are having similar experiences. For the next meetup dates and to RSVP, join our Meetup group. For more information, contact Sharon Spurlock, Director of Family Supports at 314-817-2222.
Unless otherwise noted, all groups meet at the St. Louis Arc Centene Family Center located at 1177 N. Warson Road, St. Louis, MO 63132. Advance registration is required.
Download the 2019 Fall Leisure Times for a complete schedule of activities.