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The History of Farber Soul Center’s Creation and Inspiration

‚ÄúPeople with special needs can really teach us life lessons that we cannot get from professors; they are…

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Friendship Circle Launches Creative Movement and Cooking Programs in Oak Park

Kids need the ability to express themselves and get moving, and that’s what Friendship Circle’s expanding programs were…

Nature, Science and Dinosaurs: A Recap of Winter Camp 2015

Nature, Science and Dinosaurs: A Recap of Friendship Circle Winter Camp 2015

Each year, Friendship Circle hosts its annual winter camp, which provides children and teens with special needs a…

Tech Teens Teaches Young Adults with Special Needs Graphic Design, Creative Expression

While a majority of teens can develop their technology skills with ease there are many who sadly never get the opportunity. Challenged with the lack of opportunity, teenagers with special needs wish they had the same opportunities as typical teens to use technology and develop tech skills.

For this reason, Friendship Circle created Tech Teens, a comfortable and relaxed environment where they can develop skills and create some pretty cool content and materials.

Our Top 10 Highlights of 2015

#1 You The number one highlight of 2015 was you! We would like to say thank you for…

Digitas Gets Creative At Friendship Circle

Digitas Gets Creative At Friendship Circle

Digitas staff spend a day volunteering at Friendship Circle and create beautiful artwork together with artists with special needs.

A Business Based on Giving Back

Friendship Circle Alumni Create A Business Based On Giving Back

Friendship Circle’s influence on today’s entrepreneurial culture. A conversation with alumni volunteer Zach Firestone.

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Big Hearts at Soul Center Mini

The temporary art space is already making an inspiring difference.

5 Ways Volunteering at Friendship Circle Changed My Life

5 Ways Volunteering at Friendship Circle Changed My Life

How Friendship Circle impacts the life of a volunteer 10 years later.

Art & Soul Event Helps to Build New Farber Soul Center

Upon entering the site for the future Farber Soul Center on Wednesday November 12th, women from the local community were called to get a little dirt on their heels.

20 Years Later: Meet the First Participant of Friendship Circle

In 1995 Friendship Circle began with a little girl. Her name was Gwendolyn Friedman, and she was six months old when she was introduced to Bassie Shemtov.

A Gym of Memories: The Legacy of the Elkus Family

On a consistent basis, the Florene Elkus & Edward Elkus Memorial Gym is filled with boisterous laughter, the…