Barry Roth – Testimonial

Barry Roth, a volunteer at the Dresner Foundation Soul Studio, found his way to Friendship Circle through his love of art. “After I retired, I knew I wanted to spend more time exploring my passion for art. I soon came to realize that working on my art and being in shows was a limited way to share that passion. I felt that now was the time in my life where I wanted to do more to share the art experiences I had gained over the years.” After reading about Soul Studio in the news, Barry felt called to share his expertise with our exceptional artists. “ I had no prior training or experience with special needs people, so I wasn’t sure how it would go. Now I’m going on my 5th year of volunteering! I started just going a few hours once a week, now I go two days a week and spend the whole day there.” While Barry has given so much of his time and talent to Soul Studio, he never expected the amount of reward he would gain from the artists in return. “The true joy I find there is a big reason I love being at the Soul Studio. The artists are authentic, up-front, and full of appreciation. I’m lucky to be a part of helping them discover and explore their own individual creative process.” When it comes to showing people the beauty of Soul Studio, Barry is the first to volunteer.“Come visit the studio, I’ll show you around and you’ll get to meet some very talented artists.”

Therapists Offer Tips for Surviving the (Expanded) Stay-at-Home Order

Local psychotherapists are seeing a lot of patients dealing with increased anxiety. Novel coronavirus. COVID-19. Self-quarantine. Social distancing….

UMatter’s Teen Mental Health Program Continues Online

The stay-at-home order was issued during the spring session, so participants of the Teen Talks have been unable…

Friendship Circle’s Lessons for Life Volunteer Cookie Koblin Shares Her Story

Koblin is a regular face at Friendship Circle, and plans to stay as long as she can. Cookie…

Friendship Circle’s Lessons for Life Offers Real-World Experience in State-of-the-Art-Village

Friendship Circle’s Weinberg Village teaches kids with special needs critical skills in a safe environment. Imagine a place…

Nicole Kahan: How Friendship Circle is Changing Teens’ Lives

Nicole Kahan started out volunteering with the Friends at Home Program in seventh grade, and as a college…

A Friendship That Changes Lives: Amanda & Allie

Friendship Circle brought Allie and her Buddy Amanda together, changing their lives for the better. When Josh and…