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The Friendship Circle of San Diego enriches the lives of children, teens and adults with special needs through social and recreational experiences while inspiring volunteers to participate in building a stronger and more inclusive community.
Founded and run by local parents of children with special needs, we have been providing services and programs for the special needs community since 2005. With the generous assistance of friends like you, FC is able to provide most of these needed services free of charge to our families with special needs. We currently serve 150 such families with the assistance of our 400 specially-trained teenage and adult volunteers. FC creates meaningful and lasting connections between families with special needs children, teens and adults and their non-disabled peers. Using a unique approach to recreational and social inclusion, teen and adult volunteers share community activities, weekly home visits, and holiday celebrations with individuals with disabilities. Deep bonds develop and barriers disappear.From being different and misunderstood, deprived of the basic fun of youthful play to feeling the joy of having a special friend and being part of a group, children with special needs experience the most fundamental necessity of childhood: friendship.Through outreach and training in the community, FC is able to educate the community about the valuable contributions individuals with differences have to offer when we include them in our congregations, workplaces and social events.