Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't Walk in front of me; I may not follow... Just walk beside me and be my friend.

About Friendship Circle

Friendship Circle of Michigan is a non-profit organization affiliated with Lubavitch of Michigan. Our goal is to provide every individual with special needs the support friendship and inclusion that they deserve.

What we do

Friendship Circle provides assistance and support to 3,000 individuals with special needs and their families by providing recreational, social, educational and vocational programming. In addition to helping those in need, the Friendship Circle enriches its vast network of volunteers by enabling them to reap the rewards of selfless giving.

Friendship Circle also provides support to individuals and families struggling with isolation, addiction and other family-related crises.

Our Mission

Friendship Circle creates friendship in the lives of individuals with special needs and those facing isolation while providing an opportunity to become a contributing member of the community. Through our programming, Friendship Circle aims to promote an inclusive community that values all individuals regardless of the challenges they face.

Our Values

Friendship Circle is founded upon the idea that within each person is a soul; and that soul is equal and worthy of boundless love. With this inspiration, the lives of the families we serve are enhanced while the volunteers reap the rewards of selfless giving.

Our Staff

Our staff is devoted to Friendship Circle's mission of love, friendship and inclusion. With over 30 dedicated staff members, Friendship Circle has been able to grow and thrive.
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Our Board

Friendship Circle's board is a highly dedicated team of professionals with varying backgrounds and experience. Consisting of 24 diligant members, the board strives to uphold our values and our mission to forge strong bonds of friendship and further grow our community.
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Our Annual Report

Please view Friendship Circle's 2017 Annual Report.

Friendship Circle Facilities

Ferber Kaufman LifeTown

Our Facility has been home to hundreds of programs since its construction in 2005. With a number of activity rooms in the Bauer Activity Wing, as well as the simulated-living Weinberg Village downstairs, Ferber Kaufman Lifetown is the perfect place to house all our programs.

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Farber Soul Center

The Farber Center is our newest facility, which will extend our programming into the lives of adults with special needs through the culinary, digital and traditional arts.

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The Rebbe's unconditional love to people knew no bounds. To the Rebbe they all belonged. He made them feel at home. The Rebbe's warm smile would heal every aching heart.

The Rebbe was always there, offering counsel and blessings, comfort and hope, and often, material help as well.

It is his belief that none of us is complete unless all of us are included. That is the very core and essence of what the Rebbe teaches.

It is this single concept that motivates the Friendship Circle.

To learn more about the Rebbe visit

A Historical Overview


Friendship Circle is founded with eight volunteers meeting four families in their homes every week.


Friendship Circle uses various facilities throughout the community for expanded programing.


Friendship Circle gets a home of its own with the Ferber Kaufman Lifetown facility on the Meer Family Friendship Center.


Friendship Circle receives the generous gift of the Florene Elkus and Edward Elkus Memorial Gymnasium.


Farber Center Founded with the generous donation of the Farber Family and other supporters.

Friendship Circle
6892 West Maple Road West Bloomfield,
MI 48322 248-788-7878
Affiliated with Lubavitch Foundation of Michigan
Copyright 2013 Friendship Circle