Friends@Home. Ages 4-17
Once a week throughout the school year, Friends@Home accommodates a wide variety of schedules. Friends@Home pairs teenage volunteers and children with special needs for hours of fun and friendship through weekly home visits. This provides children the chance to bond with their volunteers in an environment they are most comfortable in, while their parents and siblings receive much-needed respite.
Through the weekly visits, the pair establish a warm friendship that combats the loneliness and isolation so often felt by individuals with special needs. At the same time, their teen volunteers learn the priceless value of giving.
Our insurance requires that anyone who interacts with minors needs to be screened. That said, both parents and adults in the house, while a Friendship House visit is taking place, need to complete a background check.
We have partnered with Sterling Volunteers to complete this process securely. The Friendship House will never see your personal information or background information and will only receive a report verifying your ability to care for minors.
If you sign up for our Friends@Home program, In your welcome email, you will be provided with our unique Friendship House code to use when entering your information
Sunday Circle. Ages 5 +
Sunday Circle offers a wonderful opportunity for children to gain from group activities while still receiving one-on-one attention from their volunteers. Activities include sports instruction, music and movement instruction, arts and crafts. Sunday Circle is a two-hour drop off program, creating an excellent respite opportunity for parents.
Sunday Circle occurs up to twice a month from 2:00 - 4:00 pm from October through May.
Volunteers will be paired up with their special friend
Young Adults Club. Age 18 +
Young adults with special needs enjoy a monthly program (Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:30) aimed at facilitating socialization with peers and young adult volunteers. The goal of this program is to give young adults with special needs the opportunity to make friends and hang out outside of the home in a fun, safe, and relaxed environment. We have organized activities for everyone to participate in that will help build confidence, social skills, and life skills… all while building memories and fostering friendships that will last years!
NEW: Sports Circle Ages 9 - 15
Sports Circle is a weekly program from November through March on Wednesday afternoons where your child will learn essential team building, gross motor skills, and much more in a safe and fun environment. Your child will be paired with one on one volunteers who will be there to assist them and be their friend.
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We are planning our first annual fundraiser to help raise crucial funds needed to continue our programming!
If you can actively get involved, create a fundraising team, plan, etc., please contact Rabbi Sholom Kessler.
Program updates will be sent out via text and email before the events. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram @bocafriendship to see our most up-to-date posts.
For your convenience our Waivers & Permissions are now fully online.
Friendship House of Boca Raton Parent Waiver
It is our pleasure to provide our families with as much support and service as possible. It is necessary, however, for the parents of our participants to assume responsibility for any risk associated with activities and time their child shares with his/her volunteers and/or at any Friendship House program or activity, whether it be in your home, Chabad, Friendship House or elsewhere. This also includes the time when volunteers are driving the participant in their vehicles, or when one’s child is taking part in an activity that may include physical movement.
The safety of program participants, as well as Friendship House staff and volunteers, is paramount. Therefore, in addition to undergoing a background check, the parents and/or guardians of any child participating in Friendship House activities must affirm the following, by checking the accompanying box:
please note Friendship House will not use names or tags unless we reach out to you first.
We encourage direct communication with the Directors of the Friendship House regarding any and all safety matters or other matters which affected your or your child and their participation in any Friendship House program or any activity. Sholom Kessler can be reached directly at (561) 788-4388. All matters brought to the Directors’ attention will be investigated and addressed, and, to the extent reasonable or necessary in the context of any investigation, in as discreet a manner as is reasonable under the circumstances.