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 social gathering and an opportunity for young adults with special needs to participate within their community.
As featured in the December 2016 edition of Naperville Magazine, Connection of Friends provides programming options for after-school as well as post-transition participants.
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.
Our office opens at 9:30 am, Monday-Thursday and 8:30 am on Fridays. If you need to contact our office after 12 o’clock, Monday-Thursday, and 9:00 am on Fridays, please leave a message on our voicemail. Messages will be checked throughout the afternoon as programming permits.
For more information about Connection of Friends please contact Jamie Hager, Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those interested in making a monetary donation, please click the “Donate Button” or by check made payable to Connection of Friends. All donations are tax deductible and will be acknowledged with an appropriate donation letter.
Connection of Friends, Inc.
1502 Coloma Place
Wheaton, IL 60189
Please click on the following links to view our recent publicity.
My Suburban Life—Local Nonprofit Celebrates a Year of Making Special Friends
My Suburban Life—Photographs of COF Participants
“New Program for Special Needs Adults Receives $5,000 Grant”—Wheaton Patch
“Wheaton-based programs helps those with developmental disabilities”—Daily Herald
“New Program Offers Life Skills, Social Activity to Special Needs Teens and Adults”—Wheaton Patch