Who are the GOGO's?
The GOGOs are a group of adults (with disabilities) who are living in their parents home, who gather for fun, friendship and folly!
A little history..... In July of 2008, 18 adults were joined together for a 2 week summer camp event. The first week we made art paper and the second week we made "Nun Better Biscotti", it was sold at several local coffee shops. Along with "making" we played games, exercised, danced, did karaoke, became acquainted with one another, shared interests and hobbies....and became friends!
Many parents became involved with the group, and stayed on at camp to volunteer... they too made friends! At the closing of camp it was decided that the group would continue on. The parents formed a sort of CO-OP, with the agreement that they would take turns assisting with planning events. No one person would need to plan it all, as many hands make light work! Additionally- this gives families the opportunity to connect with one-another and share in learning and suport opportunities to talk about the hard stuff..."have we planned for the future?"
We have had several PEER groups involved from local churches, Spring Arbor University and JC too! Through the assistance of disAbility Connections, we have a place to meet, and a central location for our "connecting" with one another.
Since then, the group has grown...with over 50 GO-GOs!! Along with keeping involved in local community events such as Special Olympics, Games and Crafts Days, Civitan Dances and Freewheelers Bowling. The GO-GOs meet once a month for a planned activity. We have had Dinners, Line dancing, a fall festival with pumpkin decorating, Karaoke, Slumber Party (without the sleepover part), Hay Rides, Game Night, Day at the Lake, Mardi Gras, Valentine and Christmas Parties, Bon Fire's, Summer Camp 2008, 2009 and 2010, and other events that the GO-GOs enjoy! We do ask for a $3 donation for each event.
Would YOU like to be a GOGO too?
Call Holly Peterson (517) 998-3097
or email firstname.lastname@example.org