Thank you NJJN for capturing the excitement of the FCNJ car parades!

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 house.

In decorated vehicles, volunteers held up signs, cheered, and called Shai’s name. Ruby Schechner, 21, dressed as Cookie Monster, threw mini chocolate chip cookies to the Nissels from her family’s festive convertible, with blue, orange, green, and purple balloons taped to the doors. Soon after, there was a car featuring two dogs with their heads out of the windows; another was draped in brightly colored squares and rainbow flags and with volunteers wearing sequin hats and Mardi Gras beads, holding signs that said “Love.” Police officers, pleased to be part of a celebration instead of breaking one up, waved and blared their sirens.

Read more here.

Thank you News 12 New Jersey for joining us this morning for the parade!

Caravan aiming to foster friendships for people with special needs travels around West Orange

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 town.

Read more here.

More Than 9,000 Masks Distributed Locally

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 For Sharing The Story of FCNJ

Thank you Faygie Levy Holt & for sharing the story of FCNJ – Friendship Circle and FC Goes Virtual! See story here.

How ‘LifeTown’ is empowering those with autism to be more independent

  • 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.

Grand Opening of the HFNJ Sensory Park @ LifeTown

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.

Very Special Tour with 100 Directors

Yesterday LifeTown welcomed 100 directors of special services from Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic and Somerset counties, representing tens of thousands of special education students.

We look forward to welcoming them back to LifeTown with their students.

We Are Honored to Have a Visit With Camp HASC

We were honored to have a visit @ #LifeTown with the leadership of Camp HASC. Looking forward to exciting things to come with the continued partnership with FCNJ – Friendship Circle and Camp HASC!

Thank you to to the group from Nestlé Health Science

Thank you to to the group from Nestlé Health Science for volunteering at the LifeTown Shoppes today!

Nestle Health volunteering!
Group from Nestle Health!

Another Busy Day: Three School Groups

Another busy day at the LifeTown Shoppes… 3 school groups are at LifeTown working on their life and transition skill!

Thank you to the incredible volunteers who staff the stores and make the visit so special for all the students! Let us know if you want to enjoy a very meaningful morning at LifeTown.

Special shout out to Bruriah High School for volunteering today!

Three school groups visited LifeTown today – working on their life and transition skills!
Thank you to Bruriah High School for volunteering today!