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The Friends ‘N Fun program is an extension of Sha’arim’s central mission to provide Jewish youth and young adults with special needs the opportunity to be a part of inclusive and meaningful social experiences within our Jewish community.
Sha’arim is excited to create opportunities for families and their children to discover a new network of friends within the Jewish community and strengthen their Jewish connection and identity.
Count Me In!
The Friends ‘N Fun program is designed to create a social atmosphere in which all participants can succeed. Each participant with special needs is paired with a trained volunteer for specialized, guided social interaction. Through our various styles of programming and events, participants and volunteers build relationships through shared experiences and create a supportive and special bond. Everyone learns from each other and has fun.
Friends Helping Friends
Our volunteers* come from across the Twin Cities Jewish Community. Friends ‘N Fun allows them to share their passion, unique talents, and abilities with our youth and young adults. Remarkable bonds are forged between our volunteers and participants. Special training is provided to foster an appreciation and understanding for their role in encouraging and nurturing an inclusive community. Volunteers are recognized for their commitment through year-round incentives and activities.
*16 years and older
Created with Parents in Mind
The Friends ‘N Fun program reaches out to parents and caretakers of children and young adults with special needs to provide much needed respite and downtime.
Our programs and events are carefully planned to suit the individual needs of every participant. Parents and caregivers can leave their child or young adult with Friends ‘N Fun staff knowing they will be well cared for in a safe, warm, and accepting environment.
More importantly, they will know their child will be having fun and meeting new friends!