Please Consider Donating

On October 1st, Connection of Friends began its eighth year of providing daily Monday through Friday and Saturday evening programming. All our programming is centered on socialization and finding ways to encourage and support our participants as they develop relationships with one another.

Over the past year, COF has expanded its on-site programming to advance independence and foster socialization between our participants.

Together, we need to keep providing the supported programming our participants need to live purposeful lives in their community.

We put every dollar of your donation directly into programming.

Please consider donating to Connection of Friends, either by mail to Terry and Ginny Kline, 1502 Coloma Place, Wheaton, IL 60189 or using PayPal, which is linked on our website. We will provide you with a tax donation letter. On behalf of our participants, thank you!!

COF Products Available at Favor the Earth!

Connection of Friends has partnered again with Stefanie Rock, owner and founder of Favor the Earth to offer COF Note Cards and Love Me Some Loofah Soap. And did we mention shipping is available? After purchasing COF products, please continue shopping for a huge variety of unique and eco-friendly gifts from Favor the Earth. Click on the link and let your holiday shopping begin!

Upcoming Highlights–Winter Session 2019-2020

Tuesday- Friday Written Schedules are HERE!

Dinner & Dancing and SNS schedules can still be accessed by clicking on the calendar.

Product Creation for Holiday Orders

Barklicious Dog Biscuits— Wine Cork Ornaments Wine Cork Snowmen—Mason Jar Candles Christmas Morning Flapjack Recipe Jars

Saturday Night Socials

Got a Mitten?—Gingerbread Lads and Lassies —Ugly Sweater Christmas Party — National Trivia Day—Lego Day—Winnie the Pooh Day —Opposite Day—National Bubble Gum Day—Top Chef —Xs and Os Valentine’s —Painting & Hot Chocolate

Activity Series

Secret Ingredient Series—What’s the Story? Series—Exercises Around the World — Representation Series—Now Trending Series —So You Think You Can Series—Trivia Series—Self-Expression Series—I Want My MTV

Volunteer Projects

— Got a Mitten? Drive Donated to Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans

— Christmas Ornaments Donated to DuPage Care Center

— Holiday Cards Created for the residents at DuPage Care Center

2019 Year of Service!

Connection of Friends is committed to supporting other agencies throughout the year with projects scheduled throughout the week!

Sock Hop Drive: 135 pairs of socks for Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans

Christmas in July Food Drive: 313 items collected and $650.00 in gift cards for People’s Resource Center

Once Upon a Time Book Drive: 72 books collected and 58 book marks made for Humanitarian Service Project

Place Mats: 57 created for DuPage Pads

Who We Are

Connection of Friends is a community-based program which provides a place for teens, age 16 and older, and adults with special needs to gather socially with an emphasis on life skill, volunteer and fitness activities on a daily basis and Saturday evenings.  Our primary purpose is for participants to engage in meaningful ways within a supported environment.

Where We are Located

Connection of Friends is located at Hope Presbyterian Church, 1771 S. Wiesbrook Road, Wheaton. (Connection of Friends is not affiliated with Hope Presbyterian Church).

What We Offer

COF offers a variety of day and time options. Dinner & Dancing with Friends is held on Monday from 3:00-6:00 pm and Saturday Night Socials are held from 6:00-9:00 pm.

Participants sign-up for 13-week sessions and select specific days and time options that work best for their schedule. A 13-week commitment is not required for Dinner and Dancing with Friends and Saturday Night Socials. Rather participants can pick and choose as many as they wish for each 13-week session. Connection of Friends is only closed on traditional holidays. Please click on the following tabs for further information: Week Day Activities, Dinner & Dancing and Saturday Night Socials

What’s Happening at Home?

At Connection of Friends, we know our participants do many amazing activities and celebrate wonderful accomplishments outside of our program! As we continue to work on socialization skills, we would love to hear about any current or future special events or occasions so we can encourage participants to share their experiences with their friends at COF.

If your participant has an upcoming event or special occasion, please fill out the following form and return it to Jamie Hager Lee at jhager@connectionoffriends.org.