Volunteer Feedback from New Teens that joined our circle of friends with The Friends at Home program

"It's been fun! My friend is a character all right. Very creative. We played charades the other day. He's a better baseball player than I will ever be.. A few home runs as well as broken plastic Wiffle ball. The mom really appreciates our time with him. My friend also teaches us the rules to all his Wii games. Dylan and I are happy to spend time with our new friend!"

- Billy

"Every time Billy and I see our new friend, he has something new to share with us. While it sometimes takes him a bit to warm up to us when we come over, we're always soon laughing and gaming together. Last time we were there, his mom actually joined in on the fun and we all played charades together. It was truly a good time. I feel extremely welcome in their home and am so glad I signed up for this program. I hope the other volunteers are as lucky as we are."

- Dylan


From friends for over one year!! "The boys are enjoying spending every other Thursday evening with their friend! They really look forward to it! Yes! The boys really enjoy "hanging out" with him. Thanks for running such a wonderful program!"

It was wonderful! I really enjoyed playing with my new friend. He is so loving and was happy to be with me. I said we would come back next week!!

I've learned so much through this program already, I know this program is said to be that I'm making the difference in the life of another with special needs but I believe that my friend made a difference in my life as well. To hear his view on people and life, that everyone is important and some people are different but that's okay. His passion for his interest like basketball inspire me to follow what I want in life and if I am interested in something then to pursue it. I am extremely thankful to have my friend in my life and The Friendship Circle to help me find my best friend.

I love going to the door and seeing the excitement on my friends faces. I love reading to and playing sports with them. I look forward to my weekly visits with them and will miss playing with them next year when I go to college.

I love that my friend is so excited to see me. He always greets me with a big smile. I have so much fun spending time with him. Playing video games together is always a blast. I look forward to playing with him every week.

I love that my friend opens the door for me with a big smile on her face. I enjoy playing games with her like hide and go seek, Trouble, Mr. fox, and playing house with her stuffed animals. I look forward to playing with her every week.

- Teen Volunteer of The Friends at Home program


"I have been volunteering for the Friends at Home program for over a year now and I absolutely love it! It is always nice to see a smile on your friend's face as you walk in the door! The Friends at Home program allows me get the boy I work with to get away from his video games and try something new. I bring over board games to play with him so there is more communication and sometimes we watch movies. But, whatever we do, it is always fun! I am so glad I am a part of this amazing program!"

"Things are going great! We have formed a strong bond with our friend, and are very upset that we will not be able to see him as often (as we are indeed graduating). Our friend is a big fan of video games, so we tend to create video games to play in real life with him. We also go outside and play soccer and basketball when the weather is warmer.
We have seen a great improvement in our friend's social skills over the past four years and I will miss him greatly. Of course, when I come home for school breaks I will be sure to visit him!
Thank you for setting up this great program! It is truly making our community a better place. I plan to continue this program wherever I end up going to college, so I can make their community as great as you have made ours."

- Friendship Circle Volunteer for the past 4 years!

"Things are going great with our buddy! We enjoy basketball, video games and nerf gun fights! He has learned a few basketball tricks."

"Friends at Home is going very well! My buddy at I have become great friends and it gives me great joy to make a difference in this life. We play video games together and I taught him how to share and be a good sport. He is really making progress!"

"It is going very well we are having a lot of fun...We played trouble, a rhyming game, Scooby Doo, and a few other things. Friends at home is an eye opening experience, but is amazing because we gain a new friend and also get to see the joy on their faces when we come."

"Things are going great with Jacob. Glad to be part of Friendship Circle. He is really starting to open up more and more. We are really enjoying ourselves."

"Things are going wonderful, glad to be a part of this amazing opportunity!"

"Things are going great with our friend. We see her every week and Hayley and I are always so excited to go hang out with her!! She's an amazing girl we're both so happy we've gotten this opportunity to become such good friends with her!!!"