About Friendship CircleWe turn strangers into friends and friends into family
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 pairs local teens and children with special needs for weekly visits; the basis of our genuine friendships. Through a broad range of activities and events, Friendship Circle creates an atmosphere of acceptance, recognizing that all people, regardless of the obstacles and challenges they may experience, are sacred, worthy of love, and have something to contribute.
Last year, with the help of our 35 teen friends, Friendship Circle provided programming and friendship to 25 young people with special needs.
Hours of Friendship
Friendship Circle is founded upon the idea that within each person is a soul; and that soul is equal and worthy of boundless love. With this inspiration, the lives of the families we serve are enhanced while the volunteers reap the rewards of selfless giving.
Rabbi Bentzion Groner
You don’t get more passionate than this guy; he just can’t get enough of what happens at Friendship Circle. Always with his camera and phone, Bentzion will share just about anything on social media. Be sure to “LIKE” his posts or he might not be your friend anymore! Kidding of course! Bentzion is also our Fundraiser and Executive Director.
There’s no excuse for a dull moment, according to Sophie, she infuses everyone and everything with extreme enthusiasm! Teens rally around her energy and commit to do anything from staying up all night to, ya know, changing people’s lives! Sophie is cultivating her teen squad to overhaul civilization by 2022. In between making Muddy Buddies, Sophie is our Program and Teen Friend Coordinator.
Bonnie Bornstein (co-Chair)