Marilyn “Joanie” DiSano was the grandmother of one our Balanced Learning Center team members whom always had an open-door policy in her home. No matter who walked through her door, Joanie would always ensure there was a seat at the table. Joanie embodied kindness, humor, acceptance, and love in every aspect of her life and the way she treated others. Her supportive and joyful spirit is what inspired Joanie’s Place - a space where everyone is welcome and the door is always open.
Joanie's Place has designated clinicians who specialize and are trained in working with LGBTQIA+ people. We service children and adults through individual counseling services. You can use the information below to place a referral.
Joanie's Place offers an array of youth-focused and inclusive social events throughout the year, including the first-ever LGBTQIA+ Youth Prom in Fall River! We encourage you to follow us on social media and check out the calendar below for updates on upcoming programs!
Facilitated by licensed clinical staff, we offer LGBQTIA+ youth groups for middle and high school students such as our LGBTQIA+ Empowerment Group and Gender Support Group. In addition to our clinical youth groups, we also provide caregivers of LGBTQIA+ youth with support group and training opportunities as well as after-school programs at multiple middle schools in Fall River. Each of our groups prioritize cultivating support systems, education and strengthening confidence. Check out the calendar below for more information on upcoming group opportunities!
Joanie's Place offers trainings pertaining to education about the LGBTQIA+ community in schools and service agencies. Our current offerings for trainings include:
All presentations can be modified to suit the needs of the agency and/or school we are presenting at. Interested in scheduling a training? Contact us using the information below!
Here at Joanie's Place, we are so proud to provide a safe and supportive space for all LGBTQIA+ people in Greater Fall River. The majority of our programs and events are free and/or low cost to ensure we are as accessible to the community as possible. As a fairly new program, we rely heavily on donations to facilitate our services and events. If you feel so inclined to donate, you can do so using the button below. Unable to donate? Spreading the word about us is a huge help too!