Jaime’s Room with the City of Coconut Creek

Developed in honor of Jaime Guttenberg, a talented dancer who loved spending time with her friends at The Friendship Journey, Jaime’s Room brings friends together through dance, movement, yoga, and more in this special space. The City of Coconut Creek has partnered with The Friendship Journey to name the space “Jaime’s Room” and offer inclusive programming to our community.

Farm Friends with Kindness Shared Happiness Squared

Farm Friends is an intimate experience with beloved rescue animals on a private farm, led in partnership with Kindness Shared Happiness Squared. Friends of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to learn how to care for our animal friends, enjoy their companionship, and “be kind to all kinds.”

Gina’s Art Friends with Plaster Carousel Fun Painting Studio

Developed in honor of Gina Montalto, an amazing artist who loved spending time with her friends at The Friendship Journey, Gina’s Art Friends brings friends together through creative expression. Plaster Carousel in Coral Springs, Florida is family-owned and operated, with the largest selection of plaster craft items in the entire Southeastern United States.

Florida Panthers Special Hockey Team with the Florida Panthers and the American Special Hockey Association

South Florida’s first inclusive hockey team was developed in partnership with the Florida Panthers, the American Special Hockey Association, and The Friendship Journey. Players learn the fundamentals of hockey, receive guidance and support from coaches and volunteers and connect with their teammates.

Sensory Inclusive Performances & Programs with The Broward Center for the Performing Arts

The Friendship Journey partners with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts to provide unique performing arts experiences, along with covering the cost of shows and classes, to foster a love for the theater without barriers. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts offers Sensory-Inclusive Performances, All Abilities Classes, and interactive performing arts experiences for friends of all ages and abilities. Sensory Inclusive Performances are professional shows that create a welcoming and supportive environment for neurodiverse friends, including those with sensory support needs. Slight adjustments have been made to the production including reduced sound levels, no flashing or strobe lights, no “shushing,” minimal special effects, and a break room with trained therapists to provide audience support. The All Abilities classes teach dancing, acting, and singing to build confidence, explore talents and develop friendships.