Between Friends believes in the values of fun and connection. We are working toward helping create inclusive communities where people with disabilities reach their individual potential and are recognized as valued citizens.
Between Friends provides unique opportunities for individuals with disabilities to have social interaction with peers who may or may not have a disability, through programming that is inclusive and accessible.
Between Friends is always looking for more people to become part of our organization. We provide several avenues for people to get involved with us including exciting employment and volunteer opportunities, membership options and events to attend.
Between Friends could not exist without our amazing funders and donors. We are so thankful for the support we receive. There are many ways to give to Between Friends and our programs. Your support goes a long way in helping people with disabilities to connect, grow and belong.
Families supporting a person with disabilities are estimated to experience higher economic costs, which can lead to social exclusion and isolation. For some, recreation may be difficult to prioritize when you factor in costs of special therapies, equipment, and respite care needed to provide for their loved ones.
At Between Friends, we want to ensure that all families can access our programs regardless of their financial situation. Wefundraise in order to heavily subsidize every program, making them affordable for all families. The generosity of our donors helps us subsidize programs fees by 20-80% and break down financial barriers to participation.
Families are able to access further financial aid by applying through our Fee Assistance Program which provides support to families in need based on a percentage of their income and household expenses.
Without this financial assistance, a large part of our programming would be inaccessible for our families due to the high cost of providing services for individuals with disabilities. Financial barriers to accessing programs are a reality for many families, which is why Between Friends subsidizes programs and provides additional fee assistance to families in greater need.
“How do I describe what Fee Assistance has meant to our son and our family? It is like warm hands that help to carry the heavy financial burden off our shoulders. [Fee Assistance] has always been accessible, considerate, relieving. It has made our son’s life so much happier and his smile so much brighter. He talks about Between Friends Camps all year long. We can never thank you enough, for making these wonderful programs available.”
Tammy, Support Worker
“If it wasn’t for Between Friends and their Vacationers program, their staff and fee assistance, Anna would not be as socialized or as content as she is. As soon as camp season is over, she is already inquiring about the following year and crossing days off the calendar until the next camp opportunity. Yes this may drive her caregivers crazy, but it is an indicator how meaningful these programs are for Anna. Living within her AISH budget is challenging and she sacrifices in other areas of her budget in order to save enough money to pay for her evening and summer programming. She is very blessed to be able to access fee assistance so she can attend the amount of programming she has been able to enroll in. Unfortunately due to health issues and a tight budget, Anna and her family are unable to take family vacations so without the Vacationers program, she would not be able to experience all that she has within these amazing programs. We can confidently send Anna to these programs with the knowledge that Between Friends and their talented staff will take good care of her and her needs. They are always in communication with her caregiver and are willing to put into practise the strategies that help Anna have positive days. They are an essential part of Anna’s Team.”
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