Friend 2 Friend, a Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, provides adults who have disabilities the opportunity to make a new friend, socialize, stay active and be connected to the community.
Friend 2 Friend programs support one-to-one friendships for qualifying adults.
Participants are ages 18+ with mild to moderate disabilities including but not limited to developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, mild mental illness, autism spectrum disorders, traumatic brain injury. They possess basic conversational and independent living skills. Participants, both Jewish and from other faiths and backgrounds are from a variety of different places, and life experiences. The common thread is that each participant could both benefit from, and seeks, human connection, and friendship.
Our volunteers spend a few hours each month helping another adult feel special. Maybe they share the participant’s passion for trivia night or gourmet cooking. Or perhaps the volunteer is to thank for introducing the participant to a brand new hobby, a favorite eatery, or a classic film.
Here, the value of community runs deep – and friends are an integral part of it.
These unique programs are run by Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, but are not based on the Big Brothers Big Sisters one-to-one mentoring model for children and youth. The Friend 2 Friend Program does not use the Big Brothers Big Sisters standards, guidelines, or outcomes measures that are designed for 1:1 youth mentoring. Instead, it has its own standards, guidelines, and outcomes designed specifically for creating lasting friendships between adults.