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Raise a Glass to COF Celebrating 7 Years!

Product & Trunk Show

Saturday, October 12th

6:30-9:00 pm

Emmett’s Brewing Co., Wheaton

Once Upon a Time Book Drive

We are excited to announce our 1st annual Once Upon Time Book Drive benefitting Humanitarian Service Project, (HSP). Each book donated will be used for HSP’s ongoing Birthday in a Box project that provides birthday party supplies and gifts to under-served families. Here is what’s needed!

New Books—age ranges from 3-11 (especially ages 8-11)

Collection begins Tuesday, September 3rd for participants

Public Collection Day at COF

Thursday, September 19th—10:00-2:00 pm

1771 S. Wiesbrook Road, Wheaton. 

Call 630/260-0922 upon arrival

Connection of Friends is Hiring!

We currently have a part-time Program Assistant position available! A terrific opportunity for those still in college, recent graduates looking for additional experience as well as candidates currently working but looking for a new opportunity. For more information or to submit a resume, please contact Sarah Donnelly at sdonnelly@connectionoffriends.org.

Upcoming Programming Highlights–Fall Session 2019

Product Creation

Barklicious Dog Biscuits— Wine Cork Ornaments— Wine Cork Coasters—Mason Jar Candles— Assortment of Christmas Ornaments—Goodness Gracious Granola

Saturday Night Socials

COF Road Trip—#Social Media Night— An Apple a Day—Happy 7th Birthday COF—COF Monster Mash— Scarecrowfest—So You Want to be an Artist?—Game Show Night—Do You Want Fries with That?—A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Activity Series

Heroes & Villains—Careers—Musical Artist Spotlight Cribs —Stranger Things —Social Media —Radio Leadership

Volunteer Projects

— Once Upon Time Book Drive Donated to Humanitarian Service Project

— Christmas Ornaments Donated to DuPage Care Center

— Vegetables from the COF Garden Donated to People’s Resource Center

— Peeling and Sorting Crayons for SCARCE

—Place Mats Donated to DuPage PADS

Volunteering at DuPage Children’s Museum
Volunteering at Connection of Friends
Place Mats 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.