Due to covid 19 we have moved all of our programs online until further notice.
Our programs create a special atmosphere of friendship and love, where each person feels valued and accepted for who they are and for the gift of true friendship they offer.
Every week throughout the school year, we pair two teens without disabilities together with a child with a disability to meet for one hour per week in the child’s home to experience the joy of fun and friendship on their own terms. These relationships are nurtured and grow into lasting friendships full of meaning and honesty between the three friends and their families. This core program builds the foundation of friendship throughout our community.
Every month we create a festive birthday party for Friendship Circle Friends in varying locations throughout the community where all our members and their siblings are encouraged to join! Birthday Circle was created so that children with disabilities can celebrate their birthdays with friends and to participate in other’s celebrations.
Typically developing brothers and sisters are generally very supportive of their siblings with disabilities. However, they rarely find the opportunity to share their feelings, challenges, and concerns with others who understand them, and can often benefit from their very own weekly friend.
Friendship Circle hosts annual community events raising awareness about disabilities, mental health and inclusion. These events often occur in February during JDAIM – Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month.
Senior Circle is a partnership between Friendship Circle of VA, Beth Shalom Home, and Rudlin Torah Academy (RTA) that aims to bring joy and friendship to Beth Shalom seniors and understanding to the RTA students.