The Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to Jewish families who have children with special needs and involves them in a full range of Jewish and social experiences.
Children with special needs often endure loneliness and isolation because of a lack of friends and social opportunities. Our innovative programming is designed to foster enduring and meaningful friendships between spirited teen volunteers and children with special needs.
The Circle's unique formula accomplishes two important goals: (1) special needs children experience firsthand the joy of friendship, gain confidence and are empowered with enhanced social skills, improved language, and better behavior; and (2) teen volunteers learn the values of giving, civic responsibility, and gratitude.
Every member of our community deserves to share the joys of our Jewish experience. Sharing our tradition with children who have special needs is particularly rewarding. The Friendship Circle offers a unique opportunity for teenagers to connect with these children.