Join us in making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities! We're raising money to benefit Circle of Friends Ministry, Inc., and any donation will help make an impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause which means so much to us.
The future of our disabled community members includes you! We need the financial support of Polk County residents to make sure that we reach our initial goal of 1.1 million dollars to complete the purchase of our new facility. The day program at the Circle tripled its' enrollment of intellectually and developmentally disabled adults from 2020 to 2023. We continue to receive applications for enrollment as our county's population also grows. This growth created a problem, our building was not large enough to serve the current amount of enrolled students and staff. When the Board of Directors and Executive staff began looking for potential buildings, there was one building in particular that was not just large enough but had the additional benefits of a house, a building for our boutique, and developable lots for future housing. This building, if we could get it, would propel us onto a path where we could start our housing project and complete the vision our founder had when she created the Circle of Friends Ministry. We could not afford the asking price and prayed for a way to at least have a chance to secure the building for ourselves. This is when the seller offered us a great opportunity, to lease the building while we raise the funds to complete the purchase. This took a great leap of faith to leave the old building that we owned for one that required us to raise 1.1 million dollars in 11 months!
All of our past sponsors and donors had helped keep us in operation for the handful of disabled students that we served. We are asking these sponsors and donors to once again lend us your financial support, but not just for a handful, for a community full! Our day program will remain the epicenter of our organization and serves intellectually and developmentally disabled adults throughout Polk County. Our future housing project, Friends Village, will contribute to our city and county as a unique opportunity for people with disabilities to live in a safe and controlled environment amongst peers, build skills that make independent living sustainable, and offers peace of mind for parents as their child will have a permanent home in our village until they pass on. Parents of special needs children will also be able to take advantage of our respite house, which will be available to house adult IDD children for short stays, giving parents a much-needed break from caregiving.
We are looking for forward-thinking financiers who want to make a lasting impact in the lives of adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This project requires an initial investment of 1.1 million dollars, which will purchase the day program facility, the house for the supported living staff, the vocational training boutique, and 4 lots that will be developed into homes for IDD residents.