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The Friendship Circle provides assistance and support to the families of children with special needs. In addition to helping those in need, the Friendship Circle enriches its vast network of volunteers by enabling them to reap the rewards of selfless giving.
The Friendship Circle was founded on the idea that within each person is a soul, and that soul is the same regardless of any limitations that may surround it. That regardless of whatever natural gifts we may have or lack, regardless of what obstacles and challenges we may confront, our souls are sacred and worthy of boundless love.
We believe that every human being, regardless of background or faith, deserves the gift of true friendship. Friendship has a ripple effect on the community, impacting the lives of all involved, raising the consciousness of society at large.
The Friends@Home program provides children with special needs the unique opportunity to bond with teenage volunteers in an environment they are most comfortable: their own homes.
Together, they can bake cookies, play games, create arts 'n crafts, read books and do just about anything fun! With so much to look forward to at these visits, children wait all week for their volunteers to show up at their doorsteps.
Children's lives are illuminated significantly as they await the visit of their friend. Parents use this opportunity to enjoy a weekly respite as their child basks in the friendship of their teen friend.
Volunteering at the Friendship Circle is a significant form of community service, and the teens take pride in being part of the circle of friendship.