What is New Friends?

 

New Friends at Divine Savior Academy

 

For people with special needs, developing friendships can often be tough. In response to this, teens from Divine Savior Academy have developed a friendship group called New Friends. This friendship group aims to create an atmosphere where everyone who attends can hang out and develop friendships in an atmosphere of 100% love and acceptance. At a New Friends event, young people, with and without special needs, join together to enjoy various activities like games, music, crafts, and snacks. The focus is on having fun and developing new friendships in a safe, judgment-free environment.

New Friends meets monthly and focuses on meeting each individual where they are in terms of their interests and abilities. The purpose is to build relationships by focusing on our abilities, rather than our disabilities while creating a fun-filled atmosphere where everyone can feel safe, relaxed, and happy. New Friends currently meets one Sunday afternoon per month at Divine Savior Academy. First-time attendees will be asked to register. Parents may either drop off their child or stay for the get-together, depending on the comfort level of parent and child.

 

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My name is Hannah Weide and I am excited to be a part of New Friends. I have met many outstanding people who overcome many challenges to live incredible lives. One of those individuals is my close friend who has Down Syndrome. We have shared many great memories of going to restaurants together, walking in parks, and watching movies. Like many other people I have met with special needs she has shown me how capable she is working at a job, maintaining friendships, and much more. New Friends is important to me because we have the opportunity to serve amazing people.

Hannah Weide
305-597-4545
hannah.weide@thedivinesaviorschool.com

 

Hannah Weide

 

Natasha Diaz

 

My name is Natasha Diaz and I am excited to be part of the New Friends club! What I love about this club is that it provides high school students the opportunity to serve others in a different way, one they may not be used too. I'm also excited to plan out and see all the wonderful activities we will put together for individuals with special needs in our community. All in all, the hope is to bring a lot of smiles to faces and to share the love of Jesus! If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Natasha Diaz
305-597-4545
natasha.diaz@thedivinesaviorschool.com

 

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