The number one highlight of 2015 was you! We would like to say thank you for being in our circle of friendship. Your participation is what makes the nine other highlights on this list possible. Whether you participated in programming, volunteered or donated to Friendship Circle we thank you for being our #1 supporter.
If you have not yet donated this year, we ask for your kind support of Friendship Circle’s End of Year Campaign that will help raise crucial funds for Friendship Circleâ€™s wide range of programs. It’s not what you give that is so precious, it’s how much of yourself is invested in the gift and for that, we say thank you!
#2 Farber Soul Center Gets Started
Construction on Farber Soul Center is near completion with several pilot programs underway to help give young adults with special needs an opportunity to show their creative talents and learn much needed skills for the workplace.
#3 1 Million Participants in the Great Bike Giveaway
The Great Bike Giveaway, a campaign that gives adaptive bikes to children with special needs, had over 1 million people participate in a contest that saw 145 children receive a custom, adaptive bike.
#4 Suicide Prevention Initiative Launched
The Daniel B. Sobel Friendship House launches a suicide prevention program that teaches effective intervention skills to teens while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community. Several lives have already been saved since program launch.
#5 Satellite Branch in Oak Park
With the help of The Jewish Fund five new after school programs are started to cater to families of children with special needs in Oak Park, Huntington Woods and Southfield.
#6 An Amazing Israel Experience
With the support of the William Davidson Foundation, Friendship Circle took 6 families with children that have special needs, volunteers and support staff to Israel. This trip was the first ever accessible family mission to Israel.
#7 Shabbat at the Spa Inspires
The 2nd annual Shabbat at the Spa, a much deserved retreat providing inspiration and respite for 30 moms of children with special needs. The retreat sold out in one day.
#8 New Programs in West Bloomfield
This year we started eight new programs from the Ferber Kaufman LifeTown, our flagship facility in West Bloomfield. New programs included four sports clinics, three new cooking programs, and a drumming program.
#9 Student #20,000!
Friendship Circle welcomed its 20,000th Lessons For Life student to the Weinberg Village. The Lessons For Life program teaches crucial life skills to students from across Metro Detroit.
#10 10 Years of Walk4Friendship!
We celebrated our 10th annual Walk4Friendship bringing together over 5,000 people in an inclusive and fun community event.
Give the Gift of Friendship
Make an end-of-year donation to Friendship Circle and help provide friendship and inclusive opportunities for children, teens and young adults with special needs. Help make the end of 2015 a great one at Friendship Circle.