Friendship Circle of New Jersey — which supports youngsters with special needs and their families — held a social-distancing CARnival in the parking lot of its LifeTown facility in Livingston. On June 14, more than 550 people arrived to see the lot transformed into an outdoor carnival with balloons, arcade games (that could be played from inside the car), a petting zoo, a clown, and a bubble car wash. The goal, said Friendship Circle CEO […]
First-ever global pre-Shabbat party brings together families of special needs individuals. You can still view the amazing event @ www.GlobalShabbatParty.com Or read this article about it, featured on Lubavitch.com! See here.
Thank you to the Morristown Police Department, Morris Township Police Department, Morristown Fire Bureau and Morris Township Fire Department for leading the parade and bringing smiles to so many children and families! Full article here. MORRISTOWN, NJ – Emergency vehicles, including local police and fire trucks, joined the staff and volunteers of Friendship Circle as they drove through Morristown and Morris Township on Sunday, May 31, to “visit” children with special needs in the Friendship Circle program. The Friendship Circle’s mission […]
Thank you Mira Rosen for creating a masterpiece! From the Jewish Link (full article here): One of the most moving experiences for people visiting the Kotel, the Western Wall, in Jerusalem is when they place a note with a request for blessings inside the wall. Which is why, when artist Miriam Sasson created a replica of the Kotel for the new LifeTown center, she wanted to include notes from the children who would be using […]
Thank you to all the amazing FCNJ – Friendship Circle volunteers and buddies for keeping the FC spirit alive! Article below from Lubavitch.com. On Sunday, May 10, Hannah Solomon, 26, waited outside her family’s home in North Caldwell, New Jersey, filled with the anticipation of seeing her friends for the first time in weeks. The sound of blaring sirens heralded a flashing motorcade of fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars driving down her block. Friendship Circle staff members […]
Thank you Johanna Ginsberg and NJJN | New Jersey Jewish News for capturing the excitement of the FCNJ – Friendship Circle car parades! From NJJN – New Jersey Jewish News: On Sunday morning, May 10, 13-year-old Shai Nissel, who has a brain injury, and his family gathered outside their West Orange home. First they heard the wail of the sirens, then caught a glimpse of a caravan of cars, vans, police cruisers, ambulances, and fire trucks making their way to their […]
A traveling caravan toured West Orange Sunday, organized by a nonprofit which aims to foster friendships for children and adults with special needs. Friendship Circle says children with developmental disabilities have been hit particularly hard by social distancing measures and the disruption to their daily lives and routines. Officials say they hope the parade will show support for people with special needs and their families and serve as a point of civic pride for the […]
The incredible generosity of dear friends continues! More than 9,000 masks distributed to local agencies and medical centers over the past 2 weeks! FCNJ – Friendship Circle has more available. Please email [email protected] with specific requests and we will try to help.
Thank you Faygie Levy Holt & Chabad.org for sharing the story of FCNJ – Friendship Circle and FC Goes Virtual! See story here.
VIDEO from NJTV: At the heart of any community is its people. But for individuals with special needs, a lack of inclusivity and accessibility can make it tough to feel welcome. Leah Mishkin reports on a new “town” helping those with disabilities gain independence — judgement free.
The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Sensory Park at LifeTown formally opened with a ribbon cutting. The HFNJ’s incredible gift made this incredible space come to life. The indoor park serves as a fun space where children and families can enjoy time at the together in an inclusive environment that naturally break down barriers. It also provides opportunities for therapy in an immersive setting.