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The Friendship Circle provides services and support for Jewish children and teens with special needs through the help of trained teen volunteers.

Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month

Improving Life Quality
of Adults with
Intellectual Disability

February 5th, 2018

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Parent Support Group

Monthly meetings to relax, unwind, and socialize.

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Purim, Passover, and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Recognizing and Dealing with the Challenges

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Volunteers Needed
We are looking for enthusiastic teenage and young adult volunteers who want to make a difference in the life of a child.

Remarkable bonds are forged between the children with special needs and their teenage friends.

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What is Friendship Circle
Banner Image 1 The Friendship Circle provides services and support for children and teens with special needs through the help of trained teen volunteers.

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Parent's Support Group
The Parent Support Group holds monthly meetings covering a range of fundamental and exciting subjects for parents raising children with special needs.

For Parent Support Group meetings in Calgary, please contact Mrs. Matusof at 403.281.3770 or
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Building A Full Life In The Jewish Community
by Mrs. Sandra Weizman, a Calgary Friendship Circle parent

"Friendship Circle not only provides benefits to Benji and to his two “friends”; it also provides an opportunity for the entire community to shift its perception of people with disabilities."
25 th Annual Calgary Community Menorah Lighting at Calgary City Hall - (l. to r.) Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Rabbi Menachem Matusof, Benji, Ben & Diane Docktor, Rebbetzin Rochel Matusof
The Friendship Circle has been a tremendous opportunity to get more involved in the community in a more meaningful way. Over the past four months I have had the great pleasure of getting to know a wonderful child, Arnold, and his mother. Every Monday my fellow volunteer and I visit them and participate in various activities that help bring joy to the family and help both Arnold's and our own personal development. This program has meant so much to me that it has become a major factor to consider in choosing between staying in Calgary or going away for university studies. Although I cannot predict the future, I certainly believe that my participation in Friendship Circle will continue for a long time to come, and I am very grateful to the program and Arnold for all of the life lessons they have taught me."

Sincerely, Boris Virine

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7th Annual Holy One Golf Celebration & Casual Steak Dinner
proudly supporting the Calgary Friendship Circle
June 26th, 2018 -
Upcoming events
Jun. 24, 2018
Part of Chabad's Sunday Morning Yeshiva Experience for Adults & Children
Jun. 24, 2018
Don't just celebrate a bat Mitzvah, BECOME ONE!
Jun. 26, 2018
Proudly supporting the Friendship Circle of Calgary & children with special needs
Jun. 27, 2018
Skip the corporate lunch and have a real power lunch over Torah and delicious kosher delicacies.
Have any questions regarding our programs?
Know someone who would volunteer?
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