Circle of Friends reaches out to children, teens, young adults & adults with autism & disabilities & involves them in a full array of inclusive social experiences. Our innovative programming of home visits, play dates and social interactions, is designed to foster a relationship between children with special needs and community teenage volunteers.
In addition to helping families in need, Circle of Friends empowers and enriches its network of volunteers (the majority of whom are teenagers) by enabling them to reap the vast rewards of participating in a program that strengthens their personal connections to the community by giving back to the community. Circle of Friends is non-sectarian and reaches out to all faith communities.
The Rebbe's unconditional love of 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.
To the Rebbe there were no divisions among the Jewish People. For him Jewish unity was not a slogan, a wish or a promise - it was a reality.
It is his belief in Jewish unity, "the notion that no one of us is complete unless all of us are included", that goes to the very core and essence of what the Rebbe teaches.
It is this concept that motivates and is the core of The Circle of Friends.
"I prefer such terms as "special" people, not simply as a euphemism, but because it would more accurately reflect their special souls” — The Rebbe