WEST BLOOMFIELD (WWJ) – It’s called the Friendship Circle — where local teens team up with children with special needs.

Executive Director of Friendship Circle Bassie Shemtov tells WWJ that the program sets up a realistic space for learning life skills.

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“We have three-thousand students with special needs that come throughout the school year (four to ten times a year) and they practice life skills in this realistic space,” said Shemtov.”So many different parts of life that we are giving these children and young adults a chance to practice safely yet in a realistic manner so they are ready to go the real world and have life the way you and I do.”

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“Our first thought was it would be community service – doing good deeds – teaching our teens how to be caring people. But now the community service piece becomes almost not so important as that our volunteers are telling us, they are coming because they … want to be with that unbelievable child …,” said Shemtov.

Sunday between 11 a.m and  2 p.m., you’re invited to the first “Friendship Drive-Thru” to show support for the organization in West Bloomfield.

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Find more information – HERE.