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About Friendship Circle

The Friendship Circle model involves carefully matching teen volunteers one-to-one with children who have special needs, providing the mentoring and friendship that these children seek. Our model promotes inclusion and builds social and recreational skills among children, teens, and young adults with special needs, regardless of their level of ability. Beginning with a pilot program and handful of children in 2004, we have served hundreds of children with special needs and empowered thousands of teenagers to become community leaders, advocates, and role-models.


The facility we currently operate our 21 programs out of has become insufficient to manage our tremendous growth and lacks the necessary space to introduce new, innovative services we aspire to offer and that families seek. 

Under the leadership and direction of our Board of Directors, we are planning to build a 20,000 sq ft state-of-the-art campus where individuals with special needs will shine: The Friendship Campus. This new campus will be Miami's first community center for individuals with special needs, and it will house everything for our special participants, their families, and our teen volunteers, all in one place.

The most powerful force in society is a child with a dream coupled with the knowledge, nurturing and means to achieve that dream. The Friendship Campus IS a lifelong dream for children with special needs and their families. We hope you will help us make this dream a reality by joining us to meet our $7.5 million goal to develop a beautiful state-of-the-art home for our children, for now, and for the future.

Click to view our Impact Reports 



About Chabad of Kendall/Friendship Circle of Miami
Friendship Circle of Miami is a separate non-profit organization affiliated with Chabad of
Kendall and Pinecrest. The Chabad of Kendall/Pinecrest launched Friendship Circle of
Miami in 2006 to serve families and children with special needs. Friendship Circle
Miami is a part of an international network – Friendship Circle International – with more
than 80 regional chapters around the world, each independently managed and operated
as a separate non-profit organization.

Friendship Circle of Miami is overseen by an independent Board of Directors and
conducts an independent annual audit. It is registered with the State of Florida: Registration # CH42247 and is recognized by the IRS

as a 501(c)(3), Tax-ID # 20-5467741.

For More Information
Chabad of Kendall:
Friendship Circle of Miami:
The Friendship Campus:
Friendship Circle International:

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