In The News


Footage from We've Got Friends' 3rd Annual Golf Outing


October 31, 2022

We've Got Friends' 3rd Annual Golf Outing was held at Glen Ridge Country Club in Glen Ridge, NJ on Monday, October 31st, raised over $126,000, and had a turnout of 66 golfers.


Montclair Group Gives Special Needs Youth a Place to Hang Out and Make Friends

Montclair Local News

September 10, 2022

When Candi Carter started a small group at her church, St. Luke’s Episcopal,  for her son four years ago, her plan was to gather teenagers and young adults who were looking for community. “Once kids can hang out on their own, teens with special needs tend to be at home with no friends around and nothing to do. There are programs that provide sports and targeted activities but nothing where teens with special needs can just hang out, relax and socialize like their typical peers.” Carter said.


Stepping Up For Special Needs Teens

April 5, 2022

“It puts a smile on my face every single time,” Mathewson says of her We’ve Got Friends sessions. “It’s really fulfilling and I love that I’m able to make a difference in someone’s life. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Group of Friends

Boston College Alumni News, Candi Carter & We've Got Friends

Boston College Alumni & Friends

October 14, 2021

“We create the opportunity for these kids to find each other. They know this is their tribe.”

Golf Outing

We’ve Got Friends Nonprofit Holds Fundraiser in Glen Ridge

Essex News Daily

August 28, 2021

"What started as a hangout for Emerson Carter and a few of his classmates has evolved into a supportive community for hundreds of teens with special needs throughout New Jersey"


My Son May Have Special Needs, But Kids Like Him Can Still Make Friends

Good Housekeeping

August 18, 2020

"As a parent, Candi Carter noted that teenagers with developmental differences like her son, Emerson, have few opportunities to relax, connect and hang out — so she decided to create a space just for them."

WGF Golf 2019

We've Got Friends Scenes from Golf & Dinner Event


July 15, 2019

Our first Golf Outing was held at Glen Ridge County Club, Glen Ridge, NJ on Monday July 15, 2019.


Launch of We've Got Friends


March 12, 2019

"Something so basic is so important for our kids."


'I Thought My Son Would Never Have Friends': One Mom's Honesty About the Loneliness of Raising a Child With an Intellectual Disability

Parents Magazine

October 05, 2017

"For the first time in his life, he had friends. These boys sat with my son in the cafeteria weekly and read with him during the day. I had no idea."