I am excited that our fellow commUNITY neighbors are interested in learning about Among Friends Activity Center.
Since 2003, Among Friends has been providing a safe and friendly place for adults with developmental disabilities and additional needs. There is no other program like ours in the state. Our center was created after Jenny Fox, a high school student, was in a life-altering car accident resulting in paralysis and a traumatic brain injury. Her mother, Cathe, realized that Jenny suddenly did not have a place to go during the day to socialize with peers, and she made it her mission to provide a place for Friends who were in the same position.
Members come to Among Friends to work on learning and leadership skills, connect with the local community through volunteering and outreach projects, and some members simply attend and enjoy a social experience through games and friendship to break that cycle of isolation that a vast majority of adults with developmental disabilities experience.
Due to COVID-19, our building is closed through at least 2020 as many of our members are considered high risk. In March, we moved to virtual programming and activities so members could remain socially connected while practicing the safer at home guidelines. This September, we introduced a tired online subscription format that is already proving to be a success while helping us in our long term sustainability efforts.
We believe in commUNITY inclusion, and advocate for Friendships with all sorts of incredible humans: whether you walk, roll, speak, or sign – we all have something to contribute!
On behalf of myself, the staff, the Board of Directors, and our members and families, I would like to invite each of you to get involved with Among Friends. We appreciate our sustainABILITY Buddies, Virtual Volunteers, and commUNITY Collaborators that recognize the social impact and significance of our organization.