Printed from ValleyChabad.org
What is the Friendship Circle?

Welcome
welcome
The Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to families who have children with autism and other special needs and involves them in a full range of social experiences. The Circle's unique formula introduces teenage volunteers to the children and through shared experiences both are enriched.
More...
TOUCHING THE WORLD

What is The Friendship Circle?

The Friendship Circle is a non-profit organization that addresses the challenges facing the families of children with special needs in a novel and 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 Friendship Circle creates its own special environment of friendship and love.

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 - 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.

Our Mission Statement: 

The Friendship Circle's mission is to bring friends and smiles to children with special needs and peace of mind to their parents; to foster the values of volunteerism and compassion among our youth; and to ultimately realize the community's responsibility for its members with special needs.  

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 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 much needed respite 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."

JOIN THE CIRCLE!

Join our growing circle today! Call 201.476.0157 or email Estie at fc@valleychabad.org

CALENDAR
2013 - 2014
Sunday, Oct. 21st
Kickoff Party
3:00pm
*
Sunday, Nov. 17th
Sunday Circle
10:30am
*
Wednesday, Nov 27th
 Grand Chanukah Event
Kids Rule!
4:30pm
* 
Sunday, Jan. 19 
Sunday Circle
10:30am
*
Sports League
Select days
Jan-March
@ Dorchester Gym
Woodcliff Lake, NJ 
*
Sunday, Feb 9th
Sunday Circle
10:30am
*
Sunday, March. 16th
Purim Party
10:30am
*
Sunday, March 23th
Sunday Circle
10:30am
*
Sunday, April 27th
Sunday Circle
10:30am
*
Sunday, June 8th
Sunday Circle
10:30am