The Friendship Circle is a meaningful program that reaches out and extends warmth and friendship to the families in the community who have children with special needs.

The Friendship Circle serves a dual purpose and enriches all who participate. Pairs of teenage volunteers will be visiting children with special needs in their homes once a week for about an hour. Their role will be to play and interact with the child, thus giving the parents much needed respite. The children gain a special friend that will create an everlasting relationship. The teenage volunteers become empowered and enriched as their own moral character grows through their service.

2 copy.jpgThe Friendship Circle is made up of five parts: volunteers, children, parents, staff, and supporters. The true beauty of the circle is how we all link together to form a seamless circle of friendship.” Whether you're a teenager who wants to make a difference, a parent whose Jewish child has special needs, a professional willing to devote your time or a member of the community who would like to offer financial support, there's a place in Friendship Circle for you!

Teens volunteers receive special training from therapists and then visit children with special needs or children whom are in need of a buddy on a regular basis. This also allows the parents of these children some precious free time. The teenage volunteer learns to cherish the value of giving and of making a difference in a child's life.

If you are or know of a teen who would like to volunteer, or a child with special needs or a child in need of a buddy, please contact Rochel Simon at (937) 643-0770 ext. 1 or you can e-mail: [email protected]