Founding Story

My name is Candi Carter, I'm a wife and mother of two children. I decided to start a special needs hang outs because kids like my son Emerson (15 years-old) literally have no friends. Emerson is a teenager with special needs - he can't be dropped off at an activity and usually just tags along with us or his sister and her activities. So, I decided to look for other parents with teens like Emerson and found a space to hold hang outs where they could be just like their peers...eating pizza, listening to music, dancing, playing etc...
The kids are thrilled to attend the group and have a social circle they can call their very own. It may seem like a simple idea (for us typical folks) but it has an enormous impact on the kids and their families who attend these social groups. When I saw the joy on their faces from just seeing each other and singing happy birthday when one of the teens had a birthday - I decided to call the organization, "WE'VE GOT FRIENDS." 

WGF Team