Welcome to Southern New México Down Syndrome Families
Please consider volunteering with SNMDSF, where you will have an opportunity to make a difference! Volunteers play a major role in supporting many different programs, events, and individuals with Down syndrome throughout the year.
SNMDSF is a non-profit organization of families and friends working to increase public awareness, support to families and improve opportunities for those touched by Down Syndrome.
In 2006, three families that had recently moved to the Las Cruces area came together to start an organization supporting those impacted by Down syndrome – thus began the Southern New Mexico Down Syndrome Families (SNMDSF). While there had been DS groups off and on in the past, in 2006 there was not an organization dedicated to those with Down syndrome in the area. The families had also been involved in Down syndrome groups while living in other states. Those families were Becky and Brendt Hoffman, Maday and Tim Query, Martha Villegas, and Andrew Atencio.
In the fall of 2007 SNMDSF held its first Buddy Walk. One of the family members had attended a Buddy Walk in Arizona that was held as part of a parade. The New Mexico State University Homecoming parade was selected due to the event being held around October, which is Down Syndrome Awareness month. Our Buddy Walks have been held as part of the NMSU Homecoming Parade ever since, and we have enjoyed the cooperation of the Associated Students of New Mexico State University (ASNMSU).
Other times during the year SNMSDF has held social events for families, as well as educational seminars to educate parents on such issues as parents’ rights, and partnered with resource providers to inform DS families of their services. While SNMDSF is based in Las Cruces, we also consider the surrounding counties as part of our “family” as well.
The Southern New Mexico Down Syndrome Families is a 100% volunteer organization, and is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit with the Internal Revenue Service.