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Message from New Directions 2014 President
Stacey Rolling

Question asked to our daughter Kate (6 Ds) “What is it like to be Kate?” and her reply: “AWESOME!”
That pretty much sums up my families feelings about Down syndrome. My name is Stacey Rolling and I am New Directions’2014 President. My husband Kenny, our children and I have lived in Luverne, MN for 6 years and have been active members of New Directions for just as long.  I work part-time for the Luverne school district as a paraprofessional and also volunteer my time not only for New Directions but also for three other local Luverne organizations. Kenny works for the city of Luverne as a manager and we have two children Henry 11 (6th grade) and Kate 6 (Kindergarten).  From being on the New Directions board as the 2013 Vice President, I have come to appreciate even more, all the work, the decision making, and of course the fun that is involved with these volunteer board positions. Advocating for all children/adults with Down syndrome, networking with other families, directing families to available resources, financial assistance and enjoying all the planned activities is what New Directions is about.  There are a lot of family activities planned for this year and I hope that 2014 finds you being an even more active member, enjoying our planned activities and utilizing our member benefits!  I also hope this new year finds your family blessed with many wonderful adventures!

~Stacey Rolling, President NDDSA

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News & Events

  • Joy Ranch Retreat


     New Directions Joy Ranch Retreat

    June 20-21st  

     Check out link for more information on Joy Ranch 

    Joy Ranch 16655 448th Avenue, Florence SD
    Experience a family weekend in the old West with members of New Directions at this western retreat center. RSVP and deposit needed by April 26th. Contact us for more information. info@newdirectionsdsa.com

  • New Directions Potluck Picnic


    New Directions family potluck/picnic. Details to come!!

  • National Down Syndrome Congress Convention


    NDSC National Convention 2014

    National Down Syndrome Convention, Indianapolis, IN
    42nd annual NDSC convention. Registration now open. Financial assistance available through New Directions, forms available on our website. Deadline for assistance is April 25th.

  • Annual Camping Trip to Broomtree



    Camping at Broom Tree

    Broom Tree Retreat Center, Irene, SD

    August 1-August 3rd

    $166.69 for two nights including tax, for a cabin that sleeps seven.

    $73.85 for two nights including tax, for a campsite that has electrical.


    Broom Tree is owned by the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls.  It is a retreat center and youth & family camp.  Includes a newer campground, salt water zero depth pool, regular pool and hot tub.  Lake Marindahl (no wake) is nearby for fishing or to canoe.  Check out their facilities at www.broom-tree.org.

    Broom Tree also has an awesome campfire ring, so plan to join other New Directions families in the evening for smores!

    RSVP to Teresa Matthies by May 1st to hold your spot at Broom Tree. 

    Questions can be directed to Teresa at matthieshome@alliancecom.net or 605-582-7717.

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