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.

Families and Caregivers of All Ages

Dads’ Group

Date and Time: Varies
Ages: Fathers of children of all ages
Location: Varies
For dads who understand the unique challenges of having a family member with a disability. For more information, please contact Mark Keeley, President and CEO, at 314-817-2280.

Parent Café

Date and Time: Currently on hiatus
Ages: Parents/Caregivers of children of all ages
Parent Cafés are parent-led, guided conversations about topics that are relevant to your family and your life. Learn from others’ experiences while they learn from yours. Join us on Zoom to relax, de-stress, connect, share, and learn all from the safety of your own home. For more information please contact Dana Walker at [email protected] or 314-817-2295.

Families and Caregivers

of Children, Teens, and Young Adults

Families of Kids 7 and Under

Date and Time: Second Monday of every month, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Ages: Parents/Caregivers of children who are 7 years old or younger
Caregivers of children with a disability or delay ages 0 – 7 years old have an opportunity to connect with other parents/caregivers to share resource ideas and support. For upcoming dates and to register, contact Cait Carr at 314-941-1433.

Joyzen Parent Powerhouse Workshops

Date and Time: Varies
Ages: Parents/Caregivers of children ages 13-30
Parenting strategies and mindsets need to adapt if you want your child to be able to maximize their capacity for independence. Joyzen uses experiential learning, easily adaptable skills, and emotional intelligence to create community and a collaborative environment between parents, young adults, and support staff. This workshop is designed for families with children with I/DD ages 13-30 but is open to anyone caring for a person with IDD. For more information or to RSVP, contact Sharon Spurlock at 314-817-2222.

Joyzen Tune Up Group

Date and Time: Varies
Ages: Parents/Caregivers of individuals of any age who have previously attended a Joyzen Parent Powerhouse Workshop
This group is reserved for any family member who has completed a Joyzen Intensive class. Joyzen graduates will work with each other and members of the St. Louis Arc Family Support team to share parenting successes and struggles, and apply Joyzen techniques as we problem solve together. To join us and for upcoming dates and to register, join our MeetUp group.

Transition to Adulthood: Caregiver Support Group

Date and Time: Third Tuesday of every month, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Ages: Parents/Caregivers of young adults 16-30
If you have a loved one between the ages of 16 and 30, and are wondering what the next steps are after high school, this group is for you. For upcoming dates and to register, join our MeetUp group.

Families and Caregivers of Adults

Supporters of Older Adults with Disabilities

Date and Time: Third Friday of every month, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Ages: Parents/Caregivers of adult children ages 27 and older
Are you the primary parent or supporter for someone who is aging? Do you feel an urgency to plan for the future for your family member with IDD as you get older? If so, this is the group for you! Please join us for coffee and conversation around ensuring a good life for our family members after we’re gone. For more information or to RSVP, contact Mary Anne Tolliver at 314-817-2218.

Innovative Housing Solutions

Date and Time: Varies
Ages: Individuals ages 18 and older
If your family member with IDD is looking for an alternative to 24/7 housing support, join this group to meet other families who are considering how to leverage technology, community and personal resources to forge a new path.  This group is about possibilities and not connected to any existing Arc residential supports or services. For upcoming dates and to register, join our MeetUp group.

Planning Forward Learning Series

Date and Time: VariesAges: Parents/Caregivers of adult children ages 27 and older
Planning Forward is an eight-week series that breaks down all of the issues families need to consider as they are aging – where will my family member live when I can no longer care for them, have I made the necessary legal and financial plans, are there conversations that I need to have with other people who care about them? Join other families to learn about a variety of topics across six life domains and to share the common experience of planning for an adult with an intellectual or developmental disability. For more information or to RSVP, contact Mary Anne Tolliver at 314-817-2218.

For Children or Adults with Disabilities


Date and Time: Varies
Ages: All ages
Providing individual and group counseling to teenagers, adults, and their families. Practices a philosophy of empowerment and understanding emotions and impulse control. Uses strengths-based, Dialectical and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (DBT and CBT) methods. Sessions based on where the person is mentally and emotionally, making is accessible, short-term, and free.
For more information, contact Lee Anna Sanders at 314-941-1640.

St. Louis Self-Advocates

Date and Time: Every Thursday, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ages: Individuals ages 18 and up
The St. Louis Self-Advocates are St. Louis area adults seeking to empower each other, to increase awareness about disability-related issues, and improve their community. Our members are St. Louis area residents ages 18 and up, who have a diagnosed disability. The group’s committees reflect the goals and vision of the group:

  • Advocacy: to improve the lives of people with disabilities through thoughtful political engagement
  • Quality: to improve the services provided to people with disabilities through participation in agency leadership, staff training, and more
  • Morale: to create a sense of community and friendship among membership
  • Marketing: to increase awareness and bring attention to the group’s activities

For more information or to RSVP, contact Hannah Satterwhite at [email protected].

Women’s Group

Date and Time: Second Tuesday of the month, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Ages: Women ages 18 and older; with or without disabilities
Location: 3117 Big Bend Blvd., Maplewood, MO 63143
Spend some time with women who empower other women – let’s connect with one another and have conversation. All women, with and without disabilities, are invited. Vulnerability is valued, welcomed, and practiced in the group. This group meets in person, but a virtual option is available upon request. Bring your own beverages, light food will be provided. Please inform us of any dietary preferences or restrictions at least two days in advance. To join our email list for updates, or to RSVP, please call or email Emma Burroughs at 314–566–1158.

Virtual Roommate Meetings

Date and Time: Varies, Held quarterlyAges: Individuals ages 18 and up
Do you want to live in your own apartment? Come to this virtual Roommate Meeting to discuss how to successfully find a roommate. You will create Roommate Profiles to assist everyone in their roommate search. You may even make a connection with someone else at the meeting.
To join our email list for updates or to RSVP, please call or email Emma Burroughs at 314–566–1158.

For Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities

Adult Sibling Happy Hour

Date and Time: Dates vary, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Ages: Siblings ages 21+
Join us for a celebration of sibling relationships. We’ll enjoy some drinks and appetizers, share sibling experiences, and learn from you about what the St. Louis Arc can do to best support you. For upcoming dates and to register, join our MeetUp group.


Date and Time: Quarterly, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Ages: Siblings ages 7 – 12
Sibshops offer an opportunity for brothers and sisters of children with disabilities to get peer support and education within a recreational context. This free series includes a fun mix of information, games, activities, and discussion. Children between the ages of 7-12 years old who have a sibling with a disability are encouraged to participate. For more information, contact April Nixon at [email protected] or 314-941-1659.


Unless otherwise noted, all groups meet via Zoom and are free to attend. Advance registration is required. If you have questions about our support groups, please click here.