A Night at the Museum

Please join us for this year’s spring fundraiser to celebrate our participants love for creating art and one of a kind products!

Guests will have access to the entire museum during the evening to tour exhibits, bid on COF art, purchase products and listen to live music. On behalf of our participants, we hope to see you there!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

DuPage Country Historical Museum, Wheaton

6:30-9:00 pm

Connection of Friends Open House–February 17th

It’s never too early to start planning for summer!

Join us on February 17th from 10:00 am- Noon to learn more about what makes Connection of Friends unique! COF continues to offer a wide variety of activities along with programming days and times to meet everyone’s high school and post-transition needs! For more information call Jamie Hager, Program Director at 630-260-0922.

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

Ongoing Service Project–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.