Advocacy and Support Groups

SOAR Fox Cities Advocacy Program is designed to provide information and community resources to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families/caregivers through:

    • Individual advocacy support and information to individuals who call, email or visit SOAR offices.
    • People First chapters that are hosted by SOAR Fox Cities.
    • Brain Injury Support Group
    • Seminars and informational sessions on disability-related topics that will help individuals with developmental disabilities and their families advocate for themselves.

People First is a national organization with the mission to encourage and train adults with developmental disabilities in self-advocacy, identifying community resources, teaching problem-solving skills, and researching and addressing disability-related issues on the local, state and national levels. 

Each chapter hosted by SOAR Fox Cities has a staff member who provides oversight and advice to the participants.  Each chapter also has a vote at the state level and is involved in making changes and advocating for issues affecting their lives and the lives of all individuals with developmental disabilities.

People First Fox Cities Neenah-Menasha

A self-advocacy group in the Neenah-Menasha area. People First Neenah-Menasha encourages and trains individuals to speak up and advocate for themselves. It meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Menasha Library.

See calendar for dates, times and group locations.

Please contact, Director of Adult Services, LeeAnn Stein at 920-731-9831 x112.

People First Fox Cities Appleton

A self-advocacy group in the Appleton area. People First Appleton encourages and trains individuals to speak up and advocate for themselves. It meets on the second Thursday of each month from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the SOAR building.

Please note: the time and date may fluctuate from month to month. See calendar for dates, times and group locations.

Please contact, Community Engagement Coordinator, Ashley Gustafson at 920-731-9831 x111.

Brain Injury Support Group

The Brain Injury Support Group is dedicated to providing a comfortable and safe environment for conversation and support for individuals who have survived a Brain Injury, as well as family members and caregivers. The group is diverse with survivors of many different backgrounds and ages.

The meeting format varies from month to month. Some meetings involve separating into groups for conversation and support, with survivors in one group and family members and caregivers in another group. Other meetings focus on specific topics, feature guest speakers or involve social activities. 

Meetings are typically held on the fourth Monday of every month from 6:00-7:30 PM in the Helen Fowler Conference Center at St. Elizabeth Hospital (1506 S. Oneida St, Appleton). Please note that the schedule is subject to change due to holidays and inclement weather. 

Click here for the 2018 meeting schedule.

Please contact Community Engagement Coordinator, Ashley Gustafson at 920-731-9831 x111.

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