Due to Covid-19, all our in-person programming and Friends at Home visits have been canceled. But this hasn’t stopped us from doing all we can virtually – our goal is to practice social distancing, not social isolation.
Our team has been working harder than ever to ensure that our participants and volunteers have been as engaged as possible, from virtual programs, home activity kits, and more!
Our Virtual Sunday Program is still going strong, alternating the activities we do from Music, Martial Arts, Dance, Cooking & Games.
Our Yad/YadJr. divisions also still have their weekly meetings for hanging out every Monday night. They alternate between Interactive Games, Cooking, Chatting, Music, Karaoke, and more!
Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve personally delivered 4 in-home activity kits to all our FC participants which include a variety of things to do such arts & crafts, games, etc.. Our last kit included an art activity, a personalized FC mask, a S’mores Kit & Ice Pops.
We’re always thinking about what our next activity kit will include, coming up with fun original ideas that will be enjoyed by all our participants.
We plan to continue sending them out so long as we can’t hold in-person programs.
Our teen volunteers are wonderful and keeping busy! They have been sending in videos to pass on to their special friends, attending Zoom meetings & brain dumps, helping with our social media, and coming up with creative ways to connect!
Our Behavior Therapist, Kimberly Bohichik, led a meeting with our Friendship Circle parents that offered ideas and tips on how to navigate these complex times. The challenges for all of us are tremendous, but having a child with special needs at home makes it much more complicated. We had another session this week with Rachel Beer, Speech Therapist & Pathologist, who provided practical tips on ways to communicate with your children at home and facilitate conversations. Both of these events were hugely supportive for the parents and we’re working on more ways we can be there for our parents.
We had our first Zoom event that included participant and volunteer families – It was our first FC Challah Bake! All those that joined us received a package with all the ingredients that would be needed. We learned about the meaning behind challah, said the blessings, and enjoyed a little musical performance.
You guys are truly amazing!!! Thank you so much for thinking of me and making my day! Happy Mother’s Day to all of you ladies truly deserved!
That was so sweet. I cannot thank you enough. It really was a wonderful surprise. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms working at Friendship Circle doing so much for all kids!
She loved today’s online class!! Awesome idea!
OMG! You guys are awesome!!! Thank you so much!!
She lit up with Ms. colleen! It was perfect! I had a great time too:) Got us up and moving with a purpose and she was so happy to see familiar faces.
You ladies are absolutely amazing – true beauty inside & out! Thank you all for the thoughtful gift! Happy Mother’s Day to all of you! 💐💕
Thank you! How fun – just what we needed! You guys are wonderful! We hope you are all well and stay that way! Take care.
Hi! Thank you soooo much that was so sweet to be thought of 😊 I love it!! Happy Mother’s Day to all you gals❤️❤️
Thanks so much! So incredibly thoughtful of you all. Your support means the world to our family 😘🙏🏻❤️
Absolute BEST surprise during this whole quarantine time!!!!! I have been dying for a margarita and then to top it off with chocolate!!???!!! Unbelievable!! Thank you all for thinking of us. I pray everyone is safe and well!! Thank you so much again for the uplifting surprise!! Happy Mother’s Day to you as well and all the moms of the Friendship Circle!!❤️❤️
We just got home from taking a ride, and found the bag on the porch. Friendship Circle is just the best!!!