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We've Got Friends is making headlines! Explore Articles Highlighting Our Influence on Participants, the Community, and Volunteers – Join Us in Advancing Our Mission Today!

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

Four years ago, Candi Carter started a small group at her church, St. Luke's Episcopal church, for her son and other teenagers and young adults who were looking for a community. “I think a lot of times our kids are invisible because people look at a child in a wheelchair or a child with a disability and say, ‘Well, what does that kid need a friend for?’”

Montclair Local News

September 10, 2022

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Stepping Up For Special Needs Teens

“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.”

April 5, 2022

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

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

Boston College Alumni & Friends

October 14, 2021

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We’ve Got Friends Nonprofit Holds Fundraiser in Glen Ridge

We’ve Got Friends, a local nonprofit organization that provides teens and young adults with special needs the opportunity to connect with their peers, held its second golf classic and dinner at Glen Ridge Country Club on Monday, August 23rd, 2021. 

Essex News Daily

August 28, 2021


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

"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."

Good Housekeeping

August 18, 2020

WGF Golf 2019

We've Got Friends Scenes from Golf & Dinner Event

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


July 15, 2019

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Launch of We've Got Friends

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


March 12, 2019


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

"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."

Parents Magazine

October 05, 2017

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