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F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

Families, Respect, Inspire, Education, Networking for Down syndrome & Special needs

Expectant Parents

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is here to assist Learning that your unborn baby has Down syndrome can be very difficult to hear. This unexpected news may generate a wide range of emotions and questions.
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New Parents

CLICK READ MORE FOR PARENT PACKS The parent packets are delivered to the Labor & Delivery, NICU, and to the hospitals Social Workers to ensure they are available to you.

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For Physicians

Learning the Diagnosis This is extremely difficult for parents and should be handled delicately. Physician’s please watch the attached film

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Latest Inspiring Stories & More

14 April 2019

CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO WATCH F.R.I.E.N.D.S. VIDEO

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. has put together a video at our Easter Picnic (2019) to help us raise funds for
THE FRIENDS CENTER - A Special Needs Center that will offer all our current programs and also provide a desperately needed daycare, after-school program, and adult day program for all special needs individuals.

Please share the video.Click Here to watch the Video

11 March 2019

Read our Letter from DEO

Congratulations on your recognition as a Florida Unique Abilities Partner. We are excited you have become our partner in providing career and financial opportunities to individuals with unique abilities.

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01 March 2020

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. DANCE & SOCIALS

Join F.R.I.E.N.D.S. for all of our Dance Parties!


DATE: Check Website Calendar and Facebook events page for dates and times as they are subject to change.

COST: A $5.00 DONATION IS WELCOME TO HELP COVER THE COST OF SUPPLIES & REFRESHMENTS, THANK YOU.

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Signup For Our Volunteer Programs

VOLUNTEER - Thank you for your interest in volunteering for F.R.I.E.N.D.S. We are always in need of great volunteers who are hard-working, organized and who love interacting with our families. As a volunteer, you are essential and play an important role in making our events so special for our families. 

*Approved by Hillsborough County to offer volunteer hours to students working for Bright Futures scholarships.

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S. VIDEOS

Laurie E. Ohall-Meyer​ has some good advice for Hillsborough County parents who have special needs children who are about to turn 18yrs old and are thinking about obtaining a Guardianship or Special Needs Trust. Thank you so much Laurie. 




Thank you FRIENDS Volunteers.



Friends has put together a video for the Ellen DeGeneres & Cheerios One Million Acts of Good promotion. We are raising funds to open THE FRIENDS CENTER - A special needs daycare. Thanks to everyone who participated, we had a lot of fun taping it. Please share the video. Thanks so much! Wish us luck!

Events Calendar

RAYMOND JAMES - VIPERS
Sunday, April 12, 2020
Legends Hospitality at Raymond James Stadium is offering FRIENDS an opportunity to raise money for our organization.  We need 20 volunteers to help us take "ownership" of a concession stand at the stadium during events. We would be responsible for counting inventory, handling money, preparing food, selling product, cleaning, and providing customer service to guests during events.
 
The requirements are:
 
1.  All volunteers have to be 18 years of age or older as the stadium will be selling alcohol.
 
2.  Every volunteer that participates in our fundraising program is required to attend an in-person orientation that includes customer service, food safety, and alcohol safety. 
 
3. We have 23 volunteers with 3 Self Advocates.  We would like our Special Needs self-advocates who are 18yrs or older to help work the stand, advocating, showing the community that our adults can and do work.
 
4. We are looking to do at least 5 events but if we do all of them we can participate in the Super Bowl. The events will be from 6 to 10 hrs long.  Though you won't be actually attending the event, you'll get to listen to the concerts of The Rolling Stones and Kenny Chesney, not to mention be caught up in the excitement of the football games! Imagine being there for Superbowl 2021!!  
 
SCHEDULE:

Sunday 4/5    WRESTLEMANIA - 10am Raymond James Stadium, Gate B
Sunday 4/12  VIPERS VS GUARDIANS 4pm Raymond James Stadium, Gate B
5/9    KENNY CHESNEY
7/5   THE ROLLING STONES
8/15  GUNS N ROSES
9/12  USF VS BETHUNE-COOKMAN
9/19  USF VS NEVADA
10/10 USF VS E. CAROLINA
10/23 USF VS TULSA
11/21 USF VS NAVY
11/27 USF VS UCF

Jeff Green, Tish Knotek, and myself will be leads for the events. If you can help with all five events or just one, please click the link below to sign up!. You can also sign up by replying to this email, or sending an email to info@friendssupport.org, or calling me (813)245-2782 or Jeff Green (813)453-1632, jeff@friendssupport.org . The next training is March 28th. 
 
Thank you so much for supporting FRIENDS! We appreciate all of your time and effort in to helping us raise money for our programs and advocating for our Special Needs community!
 
Sincerely,
Ann Foyt - FRIENDS Executive Director
Jeff Green - Treasurer 
Tish Knotek- Volunteer Lead