A pilot program for Friendship Circle was founded in San Diego, California in September 2005 by Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein and Mrs. Elisheva Green. Since then, the Friendship Circle has been providing assistance and support to the families of children with special needs. In addition to helping those in need, the Friendship Circle empowers and enriches its network of volunteers, the majority of whom are teenagers, by enabling them to reap the vast rewards of giving of themselves.
The Friendship Circle consists of five parts - volunteers, children, parents, staff, and supporters. The true beauty of the Circle is how all of the elements link together to form a seamless community of friendship. Just as a circle has neither end nor beginning, our community offers promise, hope and love that have no bounds. Who can say who benefits the most from the Friendship Circle programs - the child with special needs who learns how to ride a bicycle, her parents who get a much needed break, or the volunteer whose spirit soars to new heights?
Through its range of services and projects including the teen Volunteer Club, the Holiday Program and the Friends at Home Program, the Friendship Circle is able to touch the lives of many people each year. The Friendship Circle of San Diego is looking forward to welcoming many more families and volunteers into its midst.