The Friendship Circle model involves carefully matching teen volunteers one-to-one with children who have special needs, providing the mentoring and friendship that these children seek.

Our model promotes inclusion and builds social and recreational skills among children, teens, and young adults with special needs, regardless of their level of ability.  Beginning with a pilot program and handful of children in 2004, we have now served hundreds of children with special needs and empowered thousands of teenagers to become community leaders, advocates, and role-models. 

The facility we currently operate our 21 programs out of has become insufficient to manage our tremendous growth nor does it provide the necessary space to introduce new, innovative services we aspire to offer and that familes seek. 

Under the leadership and direction of our Board of Directors, we are planning to build a 20,000 sq ft state-of-the-art campus where individuals with special needs will shine: The Friendship Campus. This new campus will be Miami's first community center for individuals with special needs, and it will house everything for our special participants, their families, and our teen volunteers, all in one place.

The most powerful force in society is a child with a dream coupled with the knowledge, nurturing and means to achieve that dream. The Friendship Campus IS a lifelong dream for children with special needs and their families. We hope you will help us make this dream a reality by joining us to meet our $9 million goal to develop a beautiful state-of-the-art home for our children, for now, and for the future.

 

 

Friendship Circle of Miami, Inc
2018/19 Board of Directors

  • David Evensky, RMA

    Board Chair Principal
    Evensky & Katz/Foldes Financial

  • Tracey Berkowitz

    Board Secretary Trustee
    Fairholme Foundation

  • Paul Kaplan

    Board Treasurer Co-Founder
    KW Property Management

  • Dr. Diane Adreon

    Associate Director
    UM-NSU CARD

  • Stacy Bolduc

    Family Member/Volunteer

  • Monica Cantera-Serralta

    Pan American Companies

  • Rossana Arteaga-Gomez

    Black, Srebnick, Kornspan & Stump

  • Libby Herrera-Navarette

    Phillips, Richard and Rind, P.A.

  • Eugene R. Hershorin, M.D.

    Associate Chair, Department of Pediatrics
    Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Health
    University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

  • Robert Josefsberg

    Partner
    Podhurst Orseck P.A.

  • Michele Kaplan

    President & Co-Founder
    Families for Fragile X

  • Jason Margulies

    Partner
    Lipcon, Margulies, Alsin & Winkleman, P.A.

  • Claudia Potamkin

    Chairman and Founder
    Global Oceans

  • Raquel Regalado

    Director of Operations, Optimum Development
    Former Board Member, Miami-Dade School District

  • Dr. Trevor Resnick, M.D.

    Former Chief, Department of Neurology, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital & Clinical
    Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Miami School of Medicine

  • Joe Roisman

    Executive Vice President
    Perry Ellis International

  • Todd Ruderman

    Tarco Properties, LLC & Value Store It Mgmt

  • Ex-Officio Members

    Rabbi Yossef Harlig

    Executive Director

    Nechama Harlig

    Co-Director