In recognition of Jewish Disability Acceptance and Inclusion Month, which is celebrated during February, we are spotlighting the wonderful work of one of our local, partner agencies, Friendship House.

Founded in 2020, Friendship House provides a fully inclusive environment that nurtures relationships and helps to create lifelong friendships for individuals with disabilities. Recognizing the challenges that special needs families face, Friendship House launched with a vision to offer opportunities beyond traditional therapy sessions. At the heart of its mission lies the commitment to create connection, socialization and support through innovative programming, peer volunteerism and shared experiences.

The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County supports this mission by funding family and holiday events and various initiatives, such as Sunday Circle and Young Adult Club, making Friendship House a cornerstone of community and friendship in Boca Raton and Delray Beach.

Sunday Circle, a two-hour, drop-off program, provides children, teens and adults the unique opportunity to enjoy group activities, while creating a respite for parents. Young Adult Club integrates social skills, cooking, shopping and off-site adventures that simultaneously incorporate independence and connection. High school volunteers take on an important role in these programs, actively engaging with the participants to foster a supportive and inclusive environment.

Since its inception, Friendship House has served as a vital lifeline for more than 75 families, thanks to its team of leadership, staff and volunteers, who are dedicated to creating a lasting impact on the lives of those they serve.

To further its mission, Friendship House will be hosting a Walk4Friendship fundraiser on Sunday, March 3. This event will honor the memory of the special needs children who tragically lost their lives in Israel on October 7, emphasizing the organization’s global outreach and the interconnectedness of communities around the world.