Friend 2 Friend Friday: Meet Joe!

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April 17th, 2015
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Following a Pesach-induced hiatus, we’re back. And we’d like to introduce you to someone.

On “Friend 2 Friend Friday,” we feature the profile of one client, waiting to be matched, in our Friend 2 Friend programs for adults with disabilities. Our hope is that you’ll read carefully and, if you’re not already volunteering, decide whether now is the time. If you are, please do share this post with a friend, family member or colleague who’d make a great volunteer.

Aside: It’s National Volunteer Week. Special shout-out to our amazing volunteers. Your Little Brothers, Sisters and Friends are better people because of you. And this agency exists because of your willingness to give of time, talent and energy to the people whose lives you’ve touched.

We thank you.


Joe, who’s waiting to be matched in both Community and MAGIC programs, has lived in Newton his whole life. That’s 24 years. And for seven months back in 2012, he was matched in MAGIC. The experience was a good one for him – but the match ended when his Friend was accepted to grad school in another state. He’s been waiting to be re-matched since.

Joe, who is diagnosed with Autism, has this to say for himself: “I’m someone who likes to be kept busy.” He’s not all talk: He attends a vocational program during the day, volunteers at a local hospital, works out with a personal trainer and is no stranger to friendly competition, whether a mean game of bowling or a round of mini-golf. Also, he’s Jewish. He says that while he doesn’t attend services regularly, he looks forward to spending time with his family at shul on the high holidays.

Joe’s ideal friend: Someone outgoing, someone interested in exercise and fitness, his next challenger at the bowling alley.

To learn more about Friend 2 Friend, or to apply, click here.