Brianna Dines – Testimonial

As a newly graduated Occupational Therapist from Grand Valley State University, Brianna Dines knows the importance that an organization like Friendship Circle can have on the future success of individuals with special needs. “Friendship Circle has taught me about the importance of providing opportunities for individuals to gain skills and independence; not limiting individuals to what society or medical diagnoses perceive their abilities to be. I commend Friendship Circle for continuing to meet the needs of those they serve by creating new outlets for growth and development, such as the Soul Café and Studio; while also maintaining programs that have been successful and impactful for new individuals and families they serve.” Brianna Dines experience at Friendship Circle greatly influenced the direction of her career. She never realized how much until she continued her education and began sharing her experiences with other professionals in the field. ”When I would tell my graduate school class filled with aspiring OTs, about Friendship Circle, it would sound as if it were an occupational therapists fantasy. The impact that this organization has on the individuals they serve is inspiring and remarkable. It is an incredible model that I hope to incorporate into my practice to ensure that I am supporting my clients and their overall independence and happiness.” Brianna having been a volunteer for a number of years, has seen the growth and dedication Friendship Circle has displayed throughout their history of serving the community. “Friendship Circle has developed a multitude of programs to enrich the lives of those they serve by providing socialization and life skill learning opportunities. Friendship Circle is a selfless organization that always says “YES” to new ideas that will positively impact the individuals they serve and the community. Friendship Circle is an organization that recognizes the needs of those they serve and continues to support them, and their families, and they grow.” Briana has seen this growth with numerous individuals. However, Bree Rienke, a participant in Friendship Circle programming, especially touched her heart.“My relationship with Bree is more than just “volunteer”, she is like a sister to me. It has been so incredible to see her grow into a fun, loving, sweet, and sassy teenager! Bree has continued to inspire me by how resilient, strong, and capable she is. I am so proud of her and the woman she is becoming.” Brianna hopes that Friendship Circle will continue to impact the lives of those they serve for many years to come. “Friendship Circle is a great model to follow; they are dedicated to those they serve and never stopping until each individual’s needs are met. It is inspiring to see the continued growth and community support for such a worthy, impactful, and wonderful organization.”

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