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Our members benefit from opportunities to meet with one another in their immediate communities. The DSG currently supports 9 community groups that are led by dedicated parent volunteers. Groups customize their offerings based on the needs of their participants.

The benefits of our community groups include :

  • Providing a forum for discussion of common fears and concerns
  • Alleviating feelings of isolation and helplessness
  • Providing valuable insights and advice
  • Building successful coping skills

Community Groups

Birmingham: Lucy Kauffman (248) 515-0075

Bloomfield: Paulette Duggins (248) 556-5341

Brighton, South Lyon, Milford, Howell and Dexter: Kristin Kill (248) 790-4135

Clarkston: Kimberly Gilmore (810) 241-5945

Commerce: Lori Cichewicz (248) 496-3645

Dearborn: Mary Mazur (313) 608-7619

Detroit: Anna Graham (313) 204-0427

Farmington or Farmington Hill: Terri Bresso (248) 489-1361, Bev Fritz (248) 990- 5167 Or Susan Kelly (248)848-9825

Ferndale: Leslie Coxon (517) 980-4481

Flint/Grand Blanc: Lise Dickson (810) 241-5945

Genessee/Lapeer: Elizabeth Sipes Miller emm/

Hartland: Lauri Leonard (248) 770-9343

Holly: Kimberly Gilmore: (810) 241-5945

Lake Orion: Mary Vellucci (248) 982-3580

Livonia: Kem Urbani (248) 982-5050

Northville: Mary McKee (248) 596-9896

Oxford: Michele Saranchev (248) 613-4606

Rochester & Rochester Hills: Karla Barnett (248) 342-3567

Royal Oak: Diane Haterman (312) 268-6664

Trenton: Mary Beth Swor (313) 737-0979

Troy: Julie O'Donovan (248) 703-3895

Washtenaw: Kristin Kill (248) 790-4135

Are you interested in starting a new DSGSEMI Community Group?

We would love to help!   If you live in an area that does not have a DSGSEMI Community Group or if you have a special interest area that could be better explored with a DSGSEMI Community Group, please contact us at to discuss how to get started.  

Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan

P.O. Box 28 Royal Oak, MI 48068
Office: (248) 556-5341


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