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About Us

"To foster Independence and Well Being for Seniors in Downers Grove Township" 

Friends For Downers Grove Township Seniors (FFDGTS)  was established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit in 2013.  The  organization seeks monetary donations, contributions and grants to support services for older adults living in the township community.


Our first goal provided monetary support for the township Dial-A-Ride program, a senior and disabled transportation service provided by the Township through a contract with PACE. This goal was achieved, and brought the cost of  service to an affordable $3 each way.


As our senior population expands, services are needed more than ever with the last of the baby boomers coming of age by 2030.

Our Team

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Since our founding in 2000, has developed and grown exponentially. We’re very proud of the expertise of our staff and their abilities to contribute their own unique experience and skills to our success.

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Max Johnson

Grant Writer

Words cannot describe the role that Max Johnson has had in ensuring that always stays on track. Their continued communication with beneficiaries means that Max Johnson is our greatest asset in listening to the pressing needs of grantees.

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River Watts

Communications Specialist

With us since our founding, River Watts is one of our veteran team members and has played a critical role in shaping our mission and projects. They bring their years of experience and skills in helping grow and make a measurable impact.

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Jesse Neimus

President of the Board

Jesse Neimus joined with the vision and drive to improve our Local Business and make our name synonymous with social change and human betterment. Jesse Neimus has focused on developing the organization with great integrity.

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