Parent Group Meeting Locations and Times

Parent groups provide support and information to parents of children with Down syndrome. New members are always welcome. These groups offer a safe place to share the joys and challenges of raising a child with Down syndrome. You’ll find support, information, new ideas and other parents of children with Down syndrome who understand. Please call our office at 651-603-0720 or 1-800-511-3696 for more information on these groups.


Group Location Meeting Time Contact Name Contact Phone Number
Apple Valley
South of the River
Parent Group
Shepherd of the Valley
Lutheran Church
12650 Johnny Cake Road
Apple Valley
3rd Sunday 5:00 pm
Childcare provided
Suzy Runkel

Ruth Ann Lang
(952) 891-5082

The Arc of Mower Co.
401 2nd Ave NE

Austin, 55912
Meets quarterly.
Call for information
Jamey Helgeson
(507) 433-8994
Bemidji Contact Randy Jurek   Randy Jurek 218-759-0097
Buffalo Meeting times and locations vary. Please contact either Sheri or Penny. Primarily family social events   Sheri Jorgensen
Penny Kauffman
Sheri: (763) 682-7468 (W)
(762) 280-4477 (C)
Penny: (763) 498-7173
Chaska St. John’s Lutheran Church
300 East 4th St
2nd Thursdays,
6:30 pm
Kara Parker (952) 443-5064
D.A.D.S. Park Tavern
3401 Louisiana Blvd
St. Louis Park, MN 
2nd Thursday Dave Hanson (612) 670-7382
Down Up North
Please contact facilitator Please contact facilitator Heather Krohn
Eau Claire, WI Please contact Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin:  
Elk River Call or check website:, for meeting time and location 2nd Tuesday Heather Coudron Heather: 763-274-1710,
“Up With Downs”
Call for location
Fargo, ND
Call for times
Kara Jones & Liz St. Louis
Kara: (701) 446-8056
Liz: (701) 212-7877
Grand Rapids Area Itasca Resource Center
1209 SE 2nd Ave
Grand Rapids, MN
3rd Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 am
Childcare provided
Dawn Magnusen 218-327-5570
Grandparent Group – Twin Cities Call facilitator for location 3rd Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. – breakfast, 10:00 a.m. – meeting
Jerry Cooper 952-432-9769
Hastings, MN
McAuliffe Elementary School
1601 W 12th St, Hastings
4th Monday
6:00-8:00 pm
Jennifer Strode
Kaiya Witt
Jennifer: (763) 291-5308
Kaiya: (612) 670-5320
Mankato/St. Peter Please call the DSAM office.
Maple Grove
8 and up
Maple Grove Community Center
12951 Weaver Lake Rd
Maple Grove, MN
3rd Tuesday,6:30 – 8:15 pm
Only meets during the school year
Childcare provided
Lisa Bartsch Lisa: (763) 391-6634
Maple Grove
Birth to 8
Maple Grove Community Center
12951 Weaver Lake Rd
Maple Grove, MN
3rd Tuesday,6:30 – 8:15 pm
Only meets during the school year
Childcare provided
Tiffany Yerxa (612) 867-2624
Minneapolis Please contact DSAM office      
Minnetonka Cross of Glory Baptist Church
4600 Shady Oak Rd
Minnetonka, MN
2nd Monday
6:30 pm
Ann BremerMichele McLaughlin (952) 939-0350
North Metro
Formerly Roseville Area
This group is no longer meeting. Please call the DSAM office for more information (651) 603-0720  
South I-35 Parent Group
Call for location Call for information Amanda Gislason 507-469-9720 
Southeast Minnesota
Calcary Evangelical Free Church
5500 25th Ave NW
Rochester, MN
Meets quarterly, call for information. Scott & Hiyas Quelle
Kevin & Alexanda Morrissey

St. Cloud Hope Covenant Church
336 4th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN
Call for times Cindy Owen, Arc Midstate  320-251-7272
St. Paul St, John the Evagngelist Episcopal Church
60 Kent St
St. Paul, MN 55102
3rd Tuesday of the Month
Please RSVP
 Lindsay Radford
651) 247-0373
Stillwater Area Parent Networking Group Stillwater ECFE
1111 Holcombe St
Stillwater, MN 55082
2nd Monday, 6:30-8:30 pm
Childcare provided
Mary Lynn Loegering Mary: (651) 430-1870
Southwest MN: Designer Genes  Call facilitator for infromation  Kim Weidert
Willmar  YMCA
1000 Lakeland Dr SE, Willmar
 Call for information  Jamin Johnson 320-354-4888
Winona Call DSAM office for more information

updated: 3/11/2014

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