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 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.
Hours of Friendship
Friendship Circle is founded on the idea that each of us has a G-dly soul with a unique mission in this world. We all have inherent value and are worthy of love, respect, and opportunities to connect.
Rabbi Bentzion Groner
You don’t get more passionate than this guy. He’s got BIG ideas and he 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 FUNraiser and Executive Director.
Pursuer of Excellence
Whatever she’s up to, Rochel does her best to ensure that each Friendship Circle experience is as amazing as our Friends. Rochel oversees programming and is co-director of Friendship Circle.
A listening ear, a loving heart, a little biased about her adorable granddaughters. Meet Ms. Sue. She loves nature and hiking and she’s lots of fun to hang out with.
Ms. Sue has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Teaching and has worked as a Child Development Specialist for differently-abled children ranging from preschool – 8th grade.
Coordinator of Fun
Everyone likes to have fun, but that’s actually Ms. Shevy’s job! She’s in charge of making sure all our Friends have a great time when they come together at Friendship Circle.
Growing up in South Africa, Shevy was active in Friendship Circle in Johannesburg where she loved making friends, and of course, having fun!
Fun Fact: Ms. Shevy loves all kinds of music.
Friends Together Advisor
LEADERSHIP ADVISORY TEAM