“Welcome to Friends Coffee and Tea, how can I help you today?” FCSN trainee greets customers at the checkout counter of Friends Coffee and Tea. Since the pandemic began, Friends Coffee and Tea has been closed for over a year. Recently, it has been able to be reopened, resuming on-the-job training opportunities for special needs individuals. It is programs like this that allowed Friends of Children with Special Needs to be awarded Top 40 Non-Profit Organization by State Farm Neighborhood Assist. Continue reading FCSN Awarded Top 40 Non-Profit Organization in the US
The Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children initiative aims to increase public awareness of autism, foster greater empathy and understanding, and support families with free resources to help them navigate everyday moments and challenges. FCSN is honored to partner with Sesame Workshop to translate the books into Chinese languages. Continue reading Sesame Workshop and Exceptional Minds Launch New Resources for Children With Autism and Their Families
With the acquisition of the Osgood Center, FCSN will be able to service more special needs clients, host more classes and activities. However, we will need to renovate the building to meet our needs. Help us reach our fundraising goal of $350K this year. Continue reading 2021 Gala: Together We Can Expand Our Dream
FCSN will celebrate its 25th Anniversary, the re-opening of our centers and the acquisition of the Osgood property, with a fundraising virtual gala “Expand Our Dream” on Nov. 6, 2021. We warmly invite you and your friends to participate in this very special event. With your support, we can expand our facility and our dream to help many more special needs individuals and families. Continue reading 25th Anniversary Virtual Gala Invitation
After 17 months of being temporarily closed due to the pandemic, Friends Coffee & Tea finally reopened on July 19, 2021. With a new and improved website and social media presence, and delicious menu items to celebrate this grand reopening, staff members are excited to welcome customers back and provide essential job training to special needs individuals. Continue reading Friends Coffee & Tea: Yes, We Are Back!!
FCSN Voices has changed the application requirement from a mock article to submitting writing samples. The deadline has also been extended to Sunday, 8/8/21. We hope you’ll apply to join the team! Continue reading Application Update: Join FCSN Voices Reporter Team
We are looking for volunteers interested in being youth reporters and/or graphic designers/digital artists for FCSN Voices! Seeing your articles get published on FCSN Voices and the main FCSN website is an amazingly rewarding experience, and you will gain valuable communication, writing, teamwork, and outreach skills. There are also opportunities to receive the FCSN Voices Outstanding Contributor award for top reporters. Continue reading Join the FCSN Voices Reporter Team!
On 6/5/2021, FCSN celebrated its 25th Anniversary and we held our 2021 FCSN Volunteer Award ceremony. Congratulations to all award winners, and our sincere appreciation to each and every FCSN volunteer! Your caring effort really makes the difference! Continue reading Kudos to FCSN Volunteers! 2021 FCSN Volunteer Awards
As we gear towards reopening, the cost to create a safe and engaging environment is hefty. FCSN’s Reopening Soon Campaign aims to raise over $50,000 by the end of May. Your kind donation can help FCSN WIN $20,000 PRIZE for most number of donors in the Give In May fundraising drive. Continue reading Help FCSN Reopen!