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
The next event is a Day in the Park on May 18. We will play lawn games, eat ice cream, and enjoy being outside. Location details to follow.
On Our Own members are young adults between the ages of 15 and 30 years old with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. They are unique and vibrant individuals who aspire to live an independent lifestyle.
Why do you like OOO?
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. 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.