Connection of Friends Quick Notes
Raise a Glass to COF Fundraiser—September 27th
Come Celebrate COF’s 2nd Anniversary and Raise a Glass to our EXCEPTIONAL participants!
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Connection of Friends Open House
Connection of Friends is hosting an open house for new participants and their families on Monday, October 13th from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. Come meet our professional staff, take a tour of facility and learn more about programming. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Rose McGowan, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (630) 260-0922. All families members are welcome to attend!
Who We Are
Connection of Friends is a community-based program that 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 recreational activities on a daily basis and Saturday evenings. Our primary purpose is for participants to engage in meaningful ways within the community and create lasting relationships.
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 operates Monday through Friday with varied options of Noon-6:00 p.m. or Noon-3:00 p.m. or 3-6:00 p.m. Our Saturday Night Socials are held from 6-9:00 p.m. Participants sign-up for 13-week sessions and select the specific days and time options. Connection of Friends is only closed on traditional holidays.
Week-day programming includes the planning and preparing of a daily meal; volunteering at a food pantry and nursing home; volunteering for SCARE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling Composting Education); music; art; gardening; fitness/yoga/nutrition; product creation and community lunch. Dinner & Dancing with Friends is offered on select Mondays each session.
What Makes Us Unique
- Programming centered around socialization
- Participant Profile packet filled out by families and participants
- In-take meeting scheduled with the Program Director and Program Leader
- Constant communication
- 3-week check-in for new participants
- Visual supports including individualized schedules and behavior supports
- Practicing volunteer skills prior to volunteering
- Continuation of basic business model of product creation introduced in transition programs
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Please click on the link to see what a typical week at COF looks like. To see what is planned for our Saturday Night socials, click on any Saturday on our calendar and you will be linked to a specific theme and schedule of activities.
Dinner & Dancing with Friends
Dinner & Dancing with Friends is a NEW program focusing on the preparation and eating of an evening meal. Participants not only prepare dinner, but continue to work on a variety of life skill activities including setting the table, manners, table discussions and cleaning up. Other details are as follows:
- Designated Mondays from 3-6:00 pm
- Pre-determined menu for each Monday offered
- Limited to 6 participants
- Flat fee
- Activity rotations, including dancing, will be scheduled
- Gluten Free or other dietary considerations are not available