The Puzzle Parent Group Mission Statement: To provide an opportunity for Downriver spectrum families to socialize and support each other

Mimi’s Mission offers Puzzle Parents, a parent-driven support group for Downriver families with children on the Autism Spectrum. The group meets on the first and third Mondays of each month for dinner, activities and demonstrations. At meetings, families discuss the challenges they face and come up with a group resolutions and action plans. Generous local businesses and community members volunteer to offer free childcare for those in attendance. The parents have some time to build their support group and define the needs of each family to find some solutions to the unique challenges of families with children on the spectrum. The parents and siblings are finding comfort in being with other people who actually understand them and live very similar lives. The children on the spectrum also find comfort in being with friends who are similar to them.

In addition to the group meetings, Mimi’s Mission presents two large events for the Puzzle Parents and their children, known as “Puzzle Kidz.” In April, Mimi’s Mission presents the Spectrum Spectacular, a unique art show for children on the Autism Spectrum held at River’s Edge Gallery in Wyandotte. In September, Mimi’s Mission presents the Magical Mile Walk for Autism Awareness and Spectrum Connection Resource Fair in Woodhaven.

Puzzle Parents Meetings:

  • 1st & 3rd Mondays
  • 6pm-8pm
  • Proof of Downriver residency required
  • $5 per person
  •  St. Stephen’s Church:  2803 1st St, Wyandotte, MI 48192


Join Puzzle Parents

Our group is open to Downriver families with children on the Autism Spectrum. If you would like to join our Facebook group, please click the button below.

Weighted Blanket Application

Mimi’s Mission works with a local seamstress to help Downriver children on the Autism spectrum receive affordable weighted blankets.

Presentation Application

If you or your business would like to volunteer to speak or present at a Puzzle Parents meeting please click the button below to fill out an application.

New Puzzle Parents Member Form

If you are a Downriver resident and would like to join Puzzle Parents, please fill out the new member information form.

$5 Fee for Puzzle Parents Meeting

Puzzle Parent meetings are $5 per person in attendance. The attendance fee includes dinner (please note the fee is the same regardless of whether or not the attendee eats dinner).

Puzzle Parents Volunteer Application

We need and appreciate volunteers at every Puzzle Parents meeting and at community events. If you would like to help, please fill out our form.