Founded in 2003, Stone Soup - Friends of All Abilities has sought to provide families of children and young adults who have "different abilities" with ways to fully participate in the community.
Created by Lynn Hatcher McGary, it is hosted by local churches and community friends. The first Stone Soup was held at Judson Baptist Church on Franklin Road in Nashville. There are Stone Soup communities at Thompson Station Church in Thompson's Station (TN), First Baptist Church in Lexington (TN), Second Baptist Church in Clinton (TN) and Faith Baptist Church in Monroe (GA).
Stone Soup is designed to create opportunities for children, high school and college students and adults to realize the joy of relationships with people of all abilities.
Stone Soup provides a variety of activities. They include:
- Stone Soup Friday Night - a regularly scheduled respite program that includes gym games, circle games, crafts, drama. music and visiting with friends. Siblings may attend and parents are welcome to attend or enjoy a night out. There is typically a $5 activity fee for this program.
- Stone Soup on Sunday - Funded by the host church, this program includes the same activities as the Friday night program, but adds an illustrated Bible lesson.
- Holiday Camp - Held on a Saturday in December.
For more information, contact the director of the Stone Soup program nearest you or visit the non-profit organization's website. If there is not a location near you, the website also provides information on how to apply to start Stone Soup at your church.