The Circle of Friends Ministry, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Christian organization governed by an uncompensated, volunteer Board of Directors, which provides enhancement to the lives of children and young adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities in the greater Polk County, Florida area. We offer social, educational, and cultural activities for individuals with special needs and respite care to caregivers.
The organization was built from a mother’s need to have her special child accepted and included within the community. She started Circle of Friends Ministry with a Sunday school class for two special needs children. Working out of her home office for five years, the ministry steadily grew, becoming a non-profit organization in December, 1999. In September of 2001, Circle rented an office space from the Lake Wales Care Center where it continued to grow. One year later, Circle of Friends Ministry, Inc. began renovating the historical downtown theater building on Stuart Avenue in Lake Wales, which became their permanent home on December 23, 2003.
Now more than 17 years later, this organization that relies solely on grants and donations has rapidly expanded, catering to the needs of over 100 families. Local residents volunteer their time teaching children and young adults with disabilities the art of cooking, sewing, arts and crafts and so much more. A thrift shop known as Circle’s Attic where the students can come and receive hands-on job training. And, last but certainly not least, is our Treasured Friends Gift Shop, which is conveniently right inside of the Circle of Friends’ facility. It’s a one-stop-shop where you can purchase anything from jewelry, clothing and apparel, home decor, or just a simple gift for a loved one!
Circle of Friends invites you to become a part of our Circle by giving through these various ways:
- Donating in-kind gifts
- In Honor of or In Memory of gifts
- Gift Cards
- Taking up love offerings
No matter what your donation, we would be happy to accept it. Please call our office at 863-679-2507 for more information about the many ways you can help children and young adults with disabilities.
This program is supported by a grant from the Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation, Inc. of Lake Wales, Florida.
Special thanks to the following organizations for their support of Circle of Friends Ministry: