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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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.

Friends in green aprons promoting the Treat Truck
Woman in baker's costume holding cutout hearts over two bowls on stage
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

Everyone deserves stories about them.

Everyone deserves stories about them.

By: Waverly Ann Harris, M.S.Ed. When was the last time you cried during a movie? What about it evoked such emotion that you were moved to tears? Film is a medium that has the power to transport us through a web of reality and dreams. We see ourselves in the storyline....

Friends’ Treat Truck – Positive Impact for the Friends

Friends’ Treat Truck – Positive Impact for the Friends

By Patsy Webb, M.A.Ed.S., C.E.S.P., Program Director: Dream, Grow, Achieve The Friends are extremely excited about their Treat Truck! Going into the community, bringing smiles to the faces of our neighbors, and serving people are some of their favorite activities at...

From Email to Treat Truck in Four Months

From Email to Treat Truck in Four Months

“This is a fun story and really pretty doable for someone with the energy to make it happen.  What a great idea to have an ice cream truck that isn’t driven by a creepy guy!”   This was the email I received the from one of our founders at Friends Life Community (FLC),...

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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.