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The Circle of Friends Ministry has four main programming goals. Those are:

  • Employability
  • Therapeutic Arts Programs
  • Life skills / Independent Living Skills Development
  • Community Engagement


The goal of the Circle of Friends Ministries Employability programming is to work with participants on developing skills that they will need to enter the workforce, while providing opportunities for meaningful employment.

This goal is accomplished through the following objectives:

  1. Provide education and training sessions for participants on how to search for and apply for employment in the community by providing weekly training sessions that teach participants how to search for employment, complete job applications, interview with potential employers and maintain jobs.
  2. Provide in-house job opportunities that encourage the entrepreneurial spirit within participants through job skills training via the Snack Shack and Treasured Friends Gift Shop.
  3. Work to place students in meaningful job placements in the downtown Lake Wales area.

Therapeutic Arts:

Capitalizing on the numerous documented benefits of Art as a therapeutic tool, Circle of Friends Ministry utilizes visuals arts, performing arts and other art mediums to encourage the artistic talents of our participants, while engaging the broader community through art shows, community performances, and ministry to places of worship.

This goal is accomplished through the achievement of the following objectives:

  1. Provide several times per week an opportunity for participants to learn about and work on a variety of visual art pieces including but not limited to photography, drawing, painting and sketching.
  2. Provide opportunities for students to learn public speaking and presentation skills through the performing arts.

Community Engagement Activities:

The goal of community engagement activities is to break down barriers between participants and those without disabilities so that participants feel a part of the community.

  1. Provide meaningful opportunities for students to become active community members through involvement as volunteers in community projects.
  2. Provide information and education session for community members so they become comfortable working along-side individuals with disabilities.

Life Skills / Independents Skills:

The goal of programming in this area is to increase the self-sufficiency skills of participants, so that they might one day work or live independently.

This goal is accomplished through the following objectives:

  1. Provide training for students in the areas of meal preparation, cleaning, hygiene and fitness on a weekly basis.
  2. Provide opportunities to learn independence skills such as how to save and manage money, how to grocery shop, how to travel independently within Lake Wales, how to access emergency assistance when necessary, how to plan and follow a daily schedule.

Christ Centered Programming:

In all activities, The Circle of Friends Ministry strives to work daily with students to grow in their faith. Through daily devotions and prayer, staff works with students to build a stronger foundation for their faith and assists them in sharing that faith to the greater community through volunteerism and the performing arts.