What is the Friendship Circle?
The Friendship Circle (FC) of Greater Mercer County was established in 2010 with the goal of providing support and assistance to people with disabilities and health issues in our community. These issues include physical and mental disabilities, prolonged illnesses such as cancer, and other health needs. FC offers social programs and activities, a resource referral program, special education seminars, parent networks and respite opportunities, and special needs planning including trust wills, guardianship and health insurance. Our organization also engages in advocacy for people with special needs and their families.
The FC aims to create a special-needs friendly community by building education and awareness through our volunteer programs and school curriculum. This year, FC launched Expo: Friendship, a resource fair and networking opportunity for special needs families and service providers coupled with an educational seminar on key issues surrounding daily life.
Founded on the belief of V’Ahavta L’Reacha Kamocha (love your fellow as yourself), The Friendship Circle is dedicated to creating a supportive community for special needs children and adults, their families and high school volunteers, giving them the opportunity to unearth their potential, make positive life choices, and realize their dreams.
Imagine a world where people young and old live apart from society, isolated from others, without friends – without that vital connection of laughter, shared moments, and comfort, just because they are “different.” Now picture the reverse. Visualize a community transformed—a group that recognizes the common thread that runs through each of us, regardless of age, ethnicity, background, etc. By reaching past ourselves and into the lives of others, we find meaning, purpose, and love.
The Friendship Circle brings that vision alive. It extends a helping hand to both adults with special needs and families who have children with special needs and involves them in a full range of unique social and Judaic experiences. By tapping into the idealism and energy of our teen volunteers and the selfless giving our our adult volunteer corps, the Friendship Circle nurtures a sense of compassion and nurtures a new generation of communal leaders.