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Connection of Friends

Who We Are

Connection of Friends is a community-based program that provides a place for teens, age 16 and older, and adults with special needs to gather socially with an emphasis on life skill, volunteer and fitness activities on a daily basis and Saturday evenings. Our primary purpose is for participants to engage in meaningful ways within the community and create lasting relationships.

COF operates Monday through Thursday with varied options of Noon-6:00 pm or Noon-3:00 pm or 3-6:00 pm. Fridays we are open from 9 am-3:00 pm. Our Saturday Night Socials are held from 6-9:00 p.m. Participants sign-up for 13-week sessions and select the specific days and time options. Connection of Friends is only closed on traditional holidays.

Week-day programming includes the planning and preparing of a daily meal; volunteering at a food pantry and nursing home; volunteering for SCARE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling Composting Education); music; art; gardening; fitness/yoga/nutrition; product creation and community lunch. Dinner & Dancing with Friends is offered on Mondays each session.

What We Do

In the summer of 2011, Terry and Ginny Kline, the grandparents of two special needs children, began researching the availability of programs for special needs students once they reach high school and as they age out of the system. While vocational and life skill programs are taught and reinforced within the educational system, many of these learned skills are quickly lost because there are limited community-based programs available once students age out of mandated services. As this population matures, it becomes increasingly more difficult for parents to keep teenagers and young adults with special needs meaningfully engaged when not in school. Connection of Friends, a 501 (c) (3) organization, was created to provide a place for social gathering and an opportunity for young adults with special needs to participate within their community.