Mission Statement ans Service Area
We exist to provide support and assistance to all people with Down syndrome and their families. We do this by providing family services, community awareness and educational programs. Our vision is for individuals with Down syndrome to be fully included as valued members of society, so they can each reach their personal dreams.
The Down Syndrome Foundation of Southeastern New Mexico is committed to provide support and education to all individuals with Down syndrome and their families. We service nine counties: Chaves, Eddy, Lea, Roosevelt, De Baca, Curry, Lincoln, Otero, & Dona Ana.
We are always happy to help individuals outside of our service area. For more information, please contact us!
11th Annual Buddy Walk®
This year, the SENM Buddy Walk® is tapping into the local phenomenon known as Area 51, with the event theme “Take Me To Your Buddy Walk®.” SENM staff members Missy Holman, Bethany Johnston, and Carol Cunningham sat down with us to tell us more about their out-of-this-world event.
“It’s like Disneyland – everyone wants to go!” says Bethany. The SENM Buddy Walk® is much more than an event, it’s an opportunity for families to reconnect and spend time together – growing a stronger community. “We do have a family reunion dinner the night before the walk for self-advocates and their families to get together to socialize and enjoy a free meal,” adds Missy. Almost 200 people attended last year’s dinner, with food generously donated from a local Mexican restaurant. It’s an opportunity for the DSFSENM team to see families and celebrate with everyone prior to the event. In addition to a photo booth, there is also a talent show where self-advocates get to show off for the crowd!
Looking back: Summer Fun
This summer was loaded with tons of fun and lots of learning!
The summer kicked off with Family Fun night at the park. It was so much fun, it was a wonderful way for everyone to fellowship and it gave the kids a chance to play.
Next we had the Roswell teen/adult golf camp in coordination with The First Tee of Southeastern New Mexico. The kids absolutely loved the camp and we can't wait to get another one started in surrounding areas!
Swimming lessons were a hit not only with the kids but all of the volunteers that came out. There was improvement all around from the young ones who were just getting started all the way to the older group that learned how to swim new strokes like the backstroke and all the way across the pool!
Strider™ Bike Camp was not only fun but inspiring. We saw 11 kids who wouldn't normally get the chance to ride a bike be able to learn to ride their new Strider™ bike. Now they can enjoy riding with their siblings and have the opportunity to go out and ride with other kids in the neighborhood.
Thank you to all of the volunteers, hosts and sponsors who helped us make this years summer the best one ever!