The Students Become Teachers
May
7
6:30 PM18:30

The Students Become Teachers

Some of our Friendship House residents taught one of our classes last year, and they enjoyed themselves tremendously as did "their" students.  So we're going to do it again to close out our classes for the semester.  Would you like to learn how to find information on your family's history?  Come hear Steven talk about genealogy.  Are you a big Disney fan and like all of the Disney princesses?  Matt met every princess in the realm (all but one) on a recent trip to Disney World and will introduce you to the Magic Kingdom.  Plus more!

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The Importance of Racial Awareness
Apr
23
6:30 PM18:30

The Importance of Racial Awareness

Anthony Johnson is Senior Associate Director Alignment USA, a part of Alignment Nashville, a non-profit working to improve the education and health of our community’s youth.  That includes providing access to opportunities designed to produce equity as the most efficient way to address the adverse cumulative effects of disparity.  In plain English, he wants all of us to live, work and play on an even playing field.  Anthony is very skilled in facilitating and leading thoughtful and engaging dialogues about race, diversity, privilege and inclusiveness. We’ve asked him to talk with our Friendship House residents and others who might be interested on how to talk about difficult topics, whether the topic is race, economics, or inclusiveness.  One conversational focus will be racial awareness, where recognition of racial, ethnic and cultural diversity is discussed. 

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Community-Wide Meeting: What's It Like to Live at Friendship House?
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Community-Wide Meeting: What's It Like to Live at Friendship House?

  • Community Center, Belmont United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

What do Friendship House residents have to say about their experiences?  What have their challenges been and what sacrifices have they made?  What expectations have they exceeded and what friendships have they made?  What have they learned about living with people who are differently abled?  Hear what two of our student residents and two of our residents with developmental disabilities have to say . . . in an unfiltered fashion.  You'll be able to ask them your questions directly.  Our Place Nashville staff will be on hand to supplement their information and tell you more about plans for Friendship Houses 3, 4, and 5!!

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Understanding the Criminal Justice System
Apr
16
6:30 PM18:30

Understanding the Criminal Justice System

Emily Herbert, a lawyer and social worker from Nashville's Public Defender's Office, will be joining us to talk about what people with special needs can expect if they find themselves part of a legal proceeding (e.g, how pushing a sibling or parent, or threatening to hurt them, can result in a serious criminal charge once the person turns 18-years-old, regardless of level of functioning).

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Professional Appearance and Grooming for the Workplace
Mar
26
6:30 PM18:30

Professional Appearance and Grooming for the Workplace

Proper grooming and professional appearance are important to make a positive impression on others in the workplace.  If you want to look your best at all times in social and professional settings, you need to keep some basic guidelines for good grooming in mind.  Don’t use deodorant regularly?  Do you sometimes have a flaky scalp?  Maybe you’re not washing your hair properly or aren’t using the right shampoo.  Linda Messamore was a special needs teacher and administrator in Metro Nashville Public Schools for 30+ years. If anyone knows how to give us some gentle reminders on how to look our best, Linda is the one.  

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