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Mission Statement

(the above # is for our parent org - Chabad Jewish Center)

" The Friendship Circle aims to link volunteers, children with special needs, parents, volunteers, staff, and donors together to form a seamless circle of friendship."


The Friendship Circle is a unique organization that addresses the challenges facing the families of children with special needs in an innovative way.

The program begins with the pairing of local teenagers with children for weekly "Friends at Home" visits, but hardly ends there. Through a full range of activities and events, the Circle creates its own special environment of friendship and love.

The Friendship Circle programs are offered free of charge to qualifying families.

Why is our program unique?

While many organizations address the issues of children with special needs, most are focused on goal-oriented therapeutic care. The Friendship Circle brings another dimension in that it offers unconditional love. By having this love flow from the youthful spirit of well-guided teenagers, its effectiveness has proven to be remarkable. These volunteers have been able to reach the children in ways that professionals, or even family members, have not.

Furthermore, the program has had a profound effect on the teenagers themselves, instilling within them the values of giving and gratitude.

The Friendship Circle touches so many...

The child with special needs looks forward to weekly visits from his or her teenage friends, as well as the special events they get to attend together throughout the year.

The teenage volunteer learns the value of giving, and cherishes the experience of making a difference in a child's life. Without exception, the teenager gives of his or her time lovingly, never grudgingly.

The child's family gets desperately needed respite from the constant strain and drain, and the pleasure of seeing their child become part of the community. They also get to share and interact with others facing circumstances and challenges similar to their own.

The supporter provides the wherewithal for the Friendship Circle to exist. By observing the very obvious difference the program is making to so many lives, supporters of the Friendship Circle make the smiles of these special children their own.

The staff is a team of leaders and professionals for whom the Friendship Circle is a labor of love. Be it through working with the children, teenagers and parents; or planning the various activities; these dedicated men and women are the driving force behind the program.

" The true beauty of the Circle is how we all link together

to form a seamless circle of friendship."



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