Friendship Circle is an organization with a unique approach to supporting children with special needs. Though their peers may enjoy regular play-dates, children with special needs often experience loneliness and isolation because of a lack of appropriate social opportunities. Our innovative programming is designed to fill this void by fostering enduring and meaningful friendships between those with special needs, our “Special Friends”, and typically-developing teens, our “Teen Friends”, in the Greater Charlotte Jewish community.

Our core program initiates the pairing of local teenagers and children with special needs for weekly visits, but hardly ends there. Through a full range of activities and events, the Friendship Circle creates a special environment of acceptance and love.  Creating an awareness that all people, regardless of the obstacles and challenges they may experience, are sacred and worthy of love. Teenagers, who typically tend to be self absorbed, are the best group with whom to begin this education.

Last year, with the help of our 35 teen friends which were recruited, coached, and matched up the Friendship Circle provided programming and friendship to 25 young people with special needs.

“our mission is to help create friendships which benefit everyone involved, including the community.”