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Our Vision for the Future

The Friendship Circle was established in 2003. But facilities are inadequate for the number of programs provided, and for the ever-increasing number of children and families served. In 2016, after over a decade of program and facility planning, zoning was secured for a new campus with an Activity Center and Educational Center. This campus will offer 20,000 square-feet of space which will serve as an activity center, social meeting place, and hub for our network of families, individuals with special needs, volunteers, professional staff, and supporters. 

Our expanded facility will allow us to more than quadruple our current participant enrollment. More space also means the opportunity to offer a wider range of programs and activities. Goals include:

·         Grow from 21 to 30 programs

·         Grow from 1,040 to 3,000 volunteers

·         Grow from 450 to 2000 children served

·         Grow from 20,000 to 60,000 volunteer hours

 

INVESTMENT NEEDED

To expand our impact and better serve the children and families that rely on the Friendship Circle, we began planning and fundraising for a $9 million campus re-development campaign in 2016. Initial program planning, architectural and campus design and start-up of identified growth objectives were funded through $3 million in investments by our caring leaders and donors. Now it is time to kick-off of our final 5-year, $6 million fundraising campaign to complete the campus.

We look forward to the support of our community as we develop our Friendship Campus to serve hundreds of special needs children and their families.