About

In the summer of 2011, Terry and Ginny Kline, the grandparents of two special needs children, began researching the availability of programs for special needs students once they reach high school and as they complete transition services.  While vocational and life skill programs are taught and reinforced within the educational system, many of these learned skills are quickly lost because there are limited community-based programs available. As this population matures, it becomes increasingly more difficult for parents to keep teenagers and young adults with special needs meaningfully engaged when not in school.

Connection of Friends, a 501 (c) (3) organization, was created to provide a place for teens, age 16 and older and adults to gather socially with an emphasis on social, life skill, volunteer and fitness activities daily and on Saturday evenings.   Our primary purpose is for participants to engage in meaningful ways within a supported environment.

Connection of Friends has been created to enrich the lives of teenagers and adults with special needs with an emphasis on social, life skill, volunteer and fitness activities. Our primary purpose is for participants to engage in meaningful ways within the community and create lasting relationships.

Board of Directors

Connection of Friends is a non-profit organization, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, administered by professional staff.

  • Executive Director: Sarah Donnelly
  • Terry Kline, President
  • Ginny Kline, Secretary
  • Matt Kline, Treasurer
  • Dr. Kathleen Briseno
  • Jim Rapp
  • Peter Svach

Contact Information

Office Hours:

9:30 am–Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

8:30 am–Tuesday and Friday

Availability to speak to staff is a function of whether we are currently in programming so please feel free to leave a message and our Program Director will return your call promptly.

For more information about Connection of Friends please contact Jamie Hager Lee, Program Director at jhager@connectionoffriends.org.

Mailing Address

Connection of Friends, Inc.
1502 Coloma Place
Wheaton, IL 60189

For those interested in making a monetary donation, please click on the “Donate Button” or mail a check, made payable to Connection of Friends, in care of Terry and Ginny Kline, 1502 Coloma Place, Wheaton 60189.  All donations are tax deductible and will be acknowledged with an appropriate donation letter.