Circle of Friends begins 11th year

Family Pathways has been serving our communities for 34 years. One of their programs through Youth Services is Circle of Friends. Now starting its 11th year, the program offers activities for special needs youth in grades 9-12.

Circle of Friends offers teens with special needs a chance to work on their social skills while enjoying fun activities with a volunteer peer buddy mentor.

Groups meet twice a month.  An activities/events calendar with all the details of what, where, when and any cost is available online at

While enrollment and many functions are free, students cover their expense for activities with a cost like movies, eating out and bowling.

To find out more about how to join a Circle of Friends group in your school district or to inquire about volunteering to be a peer buddy, contact Ellen Watters at 651-462-4398 or email [email protected] for the school districts of Cambridge-Isanti, Chisago Lakes, Princeton, Forest Lake, and North Branch.

Contact Patricia Beneze at 320-225-0252 or email [email protected] for school districts of Ogilvie, Mora, Hinckley-Finlayson, East Central and Pine City.

Other programs offered include Basic Life Services (food shelves) and Senior Services.  For information on Family Pathways’ programs and Family Pathways’ Thrift Stores in your area please call Family Pathways Central Office (763) 552-7284 or toll free at 1-877-321-7100.

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