On Our Own of Memphis was founded in January 2009 and officially became a 501(c)3 in April 2009. The purpose of On Our Own is to hold social activities that increase independence, community involvement, and quality of life for young adults with developmental disabilities.This is done primarily through social interaction led by group mentoring. Our group members are between the ages of 15-30 and live with a broad range of physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. They are unique and vibrant individuals who aspire to live an independent lifestyle.
We discovered that these young adults living in the Memphis area do not have social opportunities made available to them, especially when compared their peers who do not have disabilities. On Our Own events are designed to allow the members to interact with friends in social settings and without their parents’ presence. This encourages the members to sharpen social interaction skills in real life settings. Furthermore, these experiences play a critical role in the journey to independent living.
OOO Painting It Forward
On Our Own is having our first "Painting It Forward" fundraising event! The room will hold up to 60 people so please share this with friends, family, and coworkers. Half of the net proceeds will go to the 2015 On Our Own events. Cost is $35 and we will be painting on April 19th from 2:00-4:00pm. Please see the link below to sign up prior to the event. You must reserve a spot in order to participate in the painting event so sign up today!
We look forward to seeing you there!
March 21st- OOO Bowling
Please mark your calendars for the next OOO event on Saturday, March 21st from 4:00-6:00pm. We will be bowling at Billy Hardwick’s. The estimate cost will be $10 per person. This will include the cost of shoes, bowling and pizza.
Stay tuned! We will be planning the 2015 events this week and send an email out to our e-mail distribution lists and create events on Facebook. The events will be bi-monthly and begin in March. Looking forward to seeing everyone again!
Future tentative events; please mark your calendars:
April 19th- 2:00-4:00pm - "Painting it Forward" fundraiser @ Pinto's Palette. This is not a member event it is for parents, friends and the community to help support OOO. We will have 60 spots, so please help fill these spots! Cost will be about $45-$50.
May 31st- OOO Redbirds game
July 25th- OOO Karaoke/Dance
August 22nd- 2:00-4:00- Family Cookout. This is a great time for mentors and parents to meet each other!
Oct 24th- OOO Pumpkin Painting
Dec 6th- OOO Christmas Shopping
On Our Own in Commercial Appeal
On Our Own founder and President, Jillian Sweet was recently featured in a Commercial Appeal article, Women to Watch. We are very proud to have Jillian helping to spread the word to the Memphis area about OOO. Check out the article: Women to Watch