Not Your Average Day Program For Adults With Disabilities

Providing opportunities for teenagers and adults with developmental disabilities to grow personally, develop socially, and be active members of the community.
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Group of Friends smiling with logo overlay on bottom

Not Your Average Day Program For Adults With Disabilities

Providing opportunities for teenagers and adults with developmental disabilities to grow personally, develop socially, and be active members of the community.

Providing Opportunities & Changing Perceptions

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LIFE SKILLS

Helping Friends grow in self-advocacy, social awareness, safety, and daily living skills.

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SERVICE LEARNING & EMPLOYMENT

Group activities that begin on campus as part of our Weekday Program.

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ADVOCACY THROUGH THE ARTS

Using visual and performing arts to build three main skill areas: self-advocacy, self-expression, and confidence.

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A community of monthly donors committed to providing opportunities and support for adults with disabilities.

Group of Friends laughing together

Join friends of Friends

A community of monthly donors committed to providing opportunities and support for adults with disabilities.

Join Our Community

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ENROLL

Explore how your loved one with IDD can join our community.

 

EXPLORE

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PARTNER

Learn how your business can benefit from a community partnership.

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GIVE

Your generosity is what makes Friends Life Community possible.

 

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VOLUNTEER

You can make a hands-on difference at our Nashville campus.

 

 

HELP OUT

Friends Treat Truck
Text: Spreading Joy One Cone at a Time!

The Friends’ Treat Truck is a mobile ice cream truck that serves up frozen treats, good times, and big smiles for private parties, corporate events, and pop up markets around the city.

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Tandem Troupe

Lights, Camera, Action – It’s Your Time To Shine

Tandem Troupe is Friends Life Community’s traveling acting ensemble, performing at schools and businesses and for the general public. The troupe’s joyful and moving performances are a showcase for FLC’s Advocacy Through The Arts program where adults with disabilities practice acting and roleplaying and have the chance to write and perform their own personal works of art live on stage, in front of a public audience.

Friendmade Goods

Art From The Heart Of Our Community

Friendmade Goods are available through our online shop and at various pop up markets and events throughout the year. Featuring the work of adults with disabilities who particpate in our immersive Weekday Program, our line of Friendmade Goods includes original art, prints, homegoods, accessories, and branded merchandise. Practicing self-expression and exploring both creative and business skills, the Friends make, package, and sell original works and wares throughout the Nashville community.

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Friends Treat Truck

Friends in green aprons promoting the Treat Truck
Text: Spreading Joy One Cone at a Time!

The Friends’ Treat Truck is a mobile ice cream truck that serves up frozen treats, good times, and big smiles for private parties, corporate events, and pop up markets around the city.

Tandem Troupe

Woman in baker's costume holding cutout hearts over two bowls on stage

Lights, Camera, Action – It’s Your Time To Shine

Tandem Troupe is Friends Life Community’s traveling acting ensemble, performing at schools and businesses and for the general public. The troupe’s joyful and moving performances are a showcase for FLC’s Advocacy Through The Arts program where adults with disabilities practice acting and roleplaying and have the chance to write and perform their own personal works of art live on stage, in front of a public audience.

Friendmade Goods

Three people standing together on a fall day

Art From The Heart Of Our Community

Friendmade Goods are available through our online shop and at various pop up markets and events throughout the year. Featuring the work of adults with disabilities who particpate in our immersive Weekday Program, our line of Friendmade Goods includes original art, prints, homegoods, accessories, and branded merchandise. Practicing self-expression and exploring both creative and business skills, the Friends make, package, and sell original works and wares throughout the Nashville community.

What Friends & Their Families Are Saying

“I like the classes and activities…my favorite class is art. I feel at home when I see my art at Friends Life.”

 

NATALIE

Program Participant, Friend

What Friends & Their Families Are Saying

“People don’t usually think I can do much, but the staff believe in me. I am a true leader now.”

 

KATIE

Program Participant, Friend

What Friends & Their Families Are Saying

“I like Friends Life because of Social Club. I have fun making relationships.”

 

KEONNA

Program Participant, Friend

What Friends & Their Families Are Saying
“We didn’t realize just how important Friends Life Community is to our family’s well being until it was forced to close [temporarily] due to the pandemic. Anna Claire lost interest in practically everything, and she even lost weight. As soon as she was able to attend sessions again…her outlook on life improved 100%. She immediately regained her appetite, and her normal, cheerful demeanor returned. The opportunity to interact with her friends at Friends Life Community is a vital part of Anna Claire’s life, and we are so thankful for it.”

 

ANN & TAD WERT

FLC Parents

Latest Posts

From film to friend, how Clint began volunteering at FLC.

From film to friend, how Clint began volunteering at FLC.

By: Lauren Zook “Clint Smart has such a gift for honoring visions, stories, and people through film. He has been able to capture the colorful sprits and humorous stories from our Friends through the modality of film work. We are AMAZED at the work he has put in to get...

Providing Peace of Mind for Families

Providing Peace of Mind for Families

By: Lauren B. Zook I often think about a tour I gave a few years ago to a local developer. Upon his arrival to the FLC house he was happily greeted by the Friends as soon as he got to the door. As we walked through the building, I explained how the Friends were...

Discovering true self-empowerment through art coaching.

Discovering true self-empowerment through art coaching.

By Heather Dawn, Visual Arts Specialist Each week for the past seven months, Lauren has met with Friends Life Community Visual Arts Specialist Heather Dawn for one-on-one art coaching. During this creativity-focused time, Lauren discovered that true self-empowerment...

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Every dollar you donate helps provide opportunities, support, and community for the Friends.

Every dollar you donate helps provide opportunities, support, and community for the Friends.