A place you can just be yourself!

Keep Calm & Be Amazing

About


About
Social "U" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was specifically created to provide a social outlet for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities once they have aged out of the educational system.  Our organization is filling a void for these individuals by providing a social outlet in a non-judgmental, safe, group setting of their peers.  It gives them a chance to connect with old friends and make new friends.

Social "U" started in May of 2015, our first meeting was very successful in having 32 new members attend, over the past four and a half years our group has grown to over 120 members and continues to grow! Not all members attend each meeting, on the average we have approximately 100 in attendance including caregivers.

Each month we meet has a different theme, but basically the same format.  We first gather and have an "open floor" where any member wishing to share a story, upcoming event or anything else exciting has the opportunity to do so.  During this time they have the opportunity to have the full attention of the group to share their story.  This has been a great confidence builder for many of our members that would typically be timid or scared to speak in large groups, but our group is different, our group is AMAZING and there is no judgement!  Also during "open floor" time, we announce birthdays and sing to those members, announce future events and tell a joke or two.  Once we have finished with open floor time we move on to the theme of the evening, either playing games, having dances or doing community give-back projects.  We strive to make sure we have activities for all abilities at each meeting so no one is ever left out.  

Although our group is for an AMAZING group of individuals, we also believe that we should give back to the community. With that belief in mind we have done multiple community give back projects over the past four years. To name a few, we decorated wooden Christmas trees and coffee mugs and delivered them to residents at the Tuscola County Medical Care Facility, made special thank you cards and gift baskets for local veterans, made spring floral arrangements for residents at a local nursing home, and most recently we adopted a highway.

Our group is also involved in community involvement events. The past two years our members have served cider and donuts at Gingerbread Village in Caro. Our group has participated in the Pumpkin Festival Parade by building a float and being in the parade. The past two years our group has taken first place with the amazing float the members helped to build. One of our favorite outings is the Loon's game that we go to in August.

We are super excited about the future of our group and expanding it to surrounding areas.


Contact


Keep Calm & Be AMAZING!

  • Reese, Michigan, United States

Events


Upcoming Events

Title Date Location
Loon's Game 23 Aug 2020
Pumpkin Festival Parade 04 Oct 2020

Past Events

Title Date Location
Luau 04 Aug 2020 Darbee Park
Carnival 07 Jul 2020 Darbee Park
Regular Meeting 09 Jun 2020 Tech Center
5 Year Celebration 05 May 2020 Tech Center
Welcome Spring 14 Apr 2020 Tech Center
Regular Meeting 10 Mar 2020 Tech Center
Valentine's Dance 11 Feb 2020 Tech Center
Regular Meeting 07 Jan 2020 Tech Center
Holiday Pary 10 Dec 2019 Caro, MI
Regular Meeting 05 Nov 2019 Highland Pines
Halloween Party 22 Oct 2019 Tech Center
Pumpkin Festival Parade 06 Oct 2019 Caro, MI
Float Building 03 Oct 2019 Reese, MI
End of Summer Picnic 10 Sep 2019
Loon's Game 18 Aug 2019 Midland, MI
Summer Party 13 Aug 2019 Darbee Park
Summer Carnival 16 Jul 2019 Darbee Park
Social "U" 04 Jun 2019 Caro, MI, USA
Social "U" 07 May 2019 Caro, MI, USA
Adopt A Highway Road Side Clean Up 16 Apr 2019 Reese, MI, USA

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Donation Amount

Team


Kristine Hawley

Director

Three years ago when my daughter graduated from HPS I was shocked to find that there was no social outlet for her to meet up with old friends, so Social "U" was created to fill that void. Social "U" has been a blessing to me as well as to all of our members. I feel that I get as much back from the members as they do from the group - each of our members are truly AMAZING!

Gina Clark

Assistant Director

Gina and Kris started as co-workers at a previous employer and the work relationship turned into a true friendship built on trust, honestly and a willingness to help others. Gina's fun loving personality brings so much energy to every meeting and all our members love her.

Angela Spears

Creative Advisor

Angela is a welcome addition to our team. Kris and Angela met at work over 15 years ago and turned that meeting into a very special friendship. When the group first started Angela was on board with helping any way she could even though she had her hands full with work and a very busy family life. Whenever we need fresh ideas, craft expertise or a helping hand at meetings, Angela is there. Angela's children also help out with the group when their schedule allows. Angela believes in what the group stands for and makes all our members feel special.

Resources


Friends Old, New & Social "U" is so much more than a social group. We are a community of volunteers,  parents, caregivers, families, and professionals interested in improving the lives of and providing services to adults with special needs.

Below is the start of a list of organizations and/or avenues that can help you when trying to secure and locate services for a loved one with special needs.  If you can further our quest to share resources we would be happy to post your information below, please call us at 989-233-8209 or email socialu2015@yahoo.com.


The Fowler Center - thefowlercenter.org - The mission of The Fowler Center is to empower independence and personal growth through barrier free outdoor learning and fun.  (989) 673-2050.

Connections Human Services - Connectionshumanservices.org -  Bridging life's gaps one need at a time! Guardian/Fiduciary Community Organization Services.  (989) 672-1268.





Supporters


Friends Old, New & Social "U" would like to thank everyone that supports our group and beliefs.  Without the support of the community, families, caregivers and local organizations we wouldn't be able to do so many of the fun things that we do....

Special thanks to:

Let's Talk Sounds DJ Service LLC - Mike & Sandy Wilson - for providing DJ service for our dances
Tuscola Intermediate School District - for letting us use their facilities to hold our events
USA Gleaners - for sponsoring our summer carnival
Caro VFW - for allowing us to use their facility for events
Tuscola Behavior Health - for helping us get the word out about our group and your continued support
Bay City Civitan Club - for the generous grant money to purchase our popcorn machine
Caro Goodwill  - for having us as their "Round Up" partner
Renee's Travel LLC - for your generous donation to our AMAZING group
Tuscola County Community Foundation - for awarding us a grand for a sound system, storage solutions and first aid kit
Caro Gleaners Arbor 106 - for your generous donation to our group
Caro Walmart - for your generous grant to support our group


We are also a proud member of the Caro Chamber of Commerce

I would also like to thank all the special people that volunteer their time to help make our meetings so great....  Jerry, Abby, Tyler, Keith, Jayne, Virginia, Ann, Pat, Kathy, Pam, Mary,  Hunter, Lee, Aliyah, and Isaiah.
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