** Embracing the Journey Together: Introducing the Freddie Ford Family Foundation Support Group for Autism Parents and Guardians**
*Date: August 19, 2023*
*Location: St. Louis County Public Library Grant's View Branch
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Parenthood is a journey filled with joy, challenges, and boundless love. When that journey takes us into the realm of raising a child, teen, or adult with autism, it becomes a unique and deeply enriching experience. However, it also brings its share of uncertainties, hurdles, and questions that may sometimes seem insurmountable. In the midst of this complex journey, finding a supportive and understanding community can be an invaluable lifeline. That's where the Freddie Ford Family Foundation Support Group for Parents and Guardians of Children, Teens, and Adults with Autism comes into play.
**Embracing the Freddie Ford Family Foundation**
The Freddie Ford Family Foundation is a beacon of hope, established with the vision of creating a nurturing and compassionate network for families touched by autism. Named after the beloved Freddie Ford, a caring man who lived a life of service to his country in the US Navy, to his community as a police officer, and to his family
whose life inspired this initiative, the foundation aims to provide solace, knowledge, and empowerment to parents and guardians navigating the challenges of autism alongside their loved ones.
**Our Purpose and Mission**
The primary mission of the Freddie Ford Family Foundation Support Group is to foster a caring community that uplifts and supports parents and guardians of children, teens, and adults with autism. This support group operates on the belief that every family's journey is unique, and through shared experiences and knowledge, we can find strength in unity.
Our goals include:
1. **Providing a Safe Space:** We offer a confidential and non-judgmental space where parents and guardians can openly express their thoughts, concerns, and triumphs without fear of criticism.
2. **Sharing Experiences and Resources:** Members of the group can share their personal experiences, challenges, and successful strategies, allowing others to learn and grow from these shared stories.
3. **Access to Expert Advice:** The support group invites professionals and experts within the field of autism to share their insights, strategies, and the latest developments in autism research and supports.
4. **Emotional Support:** We offer a compassionate support system to help parents and guardians navigate the emotional rollercoaster that often accompanies raising a child with autism and extends into adulthood .
5. **Advocacy and Awareness:** The Freddie Ford Family Foundation actively advocates for autism awareness, promoting acceptance and inclusion within society.
**Support Group Activities and Events**
The Freddie Ford Family Foundation Support Group organizes various activities and events designed to promote connection and enrichment within the community. These events may include:
1. **Parent Workshops:** Educational workshops that cover a range of topics, including behavior management techniques, coping strategies, and self-care for parents.
2. **Social Events for Families:** Opportunities for families to come together, fostering social connections and a sense of belonging.
3. **Guest Speakers:** Engaging presentations from experts in the field of autism, providing valuable insights and guidance.
4. **Online Forums and Discussion Groups:** Virtual platforms to facilitate ongoing discussions, knowledge-sharing, and support between members.
**Joining the Support Group**
If you are a parent or guardian of a child, teen, or adult with autism and are seeking a compassionate and understanding community, we invite you to join the Freddie Ford Family Foundation Support Group. Together, we can celebrate the joys, overcome the challenges, and grow stronger through our shared journey.
As we embark on this journey together, the Freddie Ford Family Foundation Support Group promises a steadfast commitment to uplift, empower, and advocate for parents and guardians of children, teens, and adults with autism. Let us build bridges of understanding, resilience, and love, strengthening each other and creating a brighter future for our incredible children.
Join us, and together, we will embrace the beauty of the autism journey and pave the way for a more compassionate and inclusive world.
🌟 Thank You, Sponsors, Vendors, and Participants! 🌟
We couldn't be more grateful for the incredible support we received at the 5th Annual Heroes for Autism 5K and Mile! 🎉✨ Your dedication and enthusiasm made this event a resounding success in raising awareness and funds to support our programs for under-under-served families impacted by autism.
To our amazing sponsors, you truly are the heroes behind the scenes. Your generous contributions made it possible for us to organize this impactful event and make a difference in the lives of individuals with autism. Your belief in our cause and unwavering support mean the world to us. Thank you for being a part of our journey! 🙏💙
A heartfelt shoutout goes to all the vendors who joined us, adding vibrancy and excitement to our event. Your commitment to quality, innovation, and community involvement is truly commendable. We appreciate your participation and the fantastic services and products you brought to the table. Thank you for enriching the experience for our attendees! 🎪🛍️
Last but certainly not least, we extend our sincerest gratitude to every participant who laced up their shoes and joined us on race day. Your presence and dedication to our cause made the event a celebration of unity and compassion. We are humbled by your commitment to raising awareness about autism and supporting individuals and families affected by it. Your unwavering support has a profound impact and will create a brighter future for many. Thank you for being the true heroes! 🏃♀️🏃♂️💙
We are truly blessed to have such an incredible community of sponsors, vendors, and participants who share our passion for autism advocacy. Together, we are making a difference and fostering a more inclusive world.
Once again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of the 5th Annual Heroes for Autism 5K and Mile. Your kindness, generosity, and commitment inspire us to continue our mission. We look forward to even greater success in the future as we stand united for autism awareness and acceptance. 💙
Can't run but want to support the 5th Annual Heroes for Autism 5K and Mile? Come out and help spread awareness and acceptance of autism enjoy music, games, bounce house, vendors, and enjoy beer and pizza for donations.
Even if you can't participate by running with us at the park, there are still plenty of ways you can contribute and make a difference. Here are some suggestions on how you can support the event:
Participate in the virtual event: Register to run or walk on your own time, in your favorite place, with your friends and family.
Volunteer: Contact the event organizers and offer your assistance as a volunteer. We may need help with setting up and dismantling the event, manning information booths, guiding participants, or organizing activities.
Spread the word: Use your social media platforms or any other channels available to you to promote the event and raise awareness about autism. Share the event details, its purpose, and encourage others to participate or donate.
Make a donation: Even if you can't attend, you can still make a monetary contribution to the cause. Visit www.freddiefordfamilyfoundation.org to make a donation. You could also consider reaching out to your network, friends, and family to collect donations on behalf of the event.
Offer support services: If you have any skills or expertise that could be of help to the event, consider offering your services. If you're a photographer or videographer, you could offer to capture the event's highlights.
Attend and participate in non-running activities: While the main focus of the event may be the 5K run and mile, there are other activities taking place simultaneously. Attend the event and enjoy the music, games, bounce houses, meet the vendors, eat pizza, and enjoy a beer By participating and showing your support, you help create a positive and inclusive atmosphere.
We would live to have you join us even if you don't run. Your presence is support too.❤️
Very excited that our first annual Autism Trivia Night has sold out!! It is going to be a fun night for everyone. There will be 13 teams of up to 10 players. The Doors open at 6:00 pm and Round 1 will start promptly at 7:00 p.m.
There will be 8 rounds of 10 questions. If you get stumped on a questions, Mulligans (free pass on a question) will be available for purchase at $5 each or 6 for $20.
The silent auction is loaded with goodies from a variety of small businesses, Framed autographed memorabilia and luxury trips.
For anyone who forgets to bring a beverage, there will be beer, Wine, and soda available for a donation and plenty of water. There will be a dessert table as well.
We are looking forward to a great night. If you miss this one, there will be more fun in the future!