Our History

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Highland Friendship Club was founded in 2002 by two St. Paul parents who were disappointed by the lack of available social opportunities for their teenage sons with developmental and intellectual disabilities. With no money other than pocket change, the parents looked to the surrounding community for resources and interesting activities that would appeal to their sons and a few of their friends.  In the blink of an eye, the teens formed friendships; began looking forward to their time together; and wanted to share it with others.  Word spread to other parents in search of programs to enrich their child’s life.

Membership and programming expanded. Currently HFC offers over 30 classes, events, outings each week to roughly 200 members!  




HFC History Timeline:


HFC Member

I love HFC because I get to be with my friends and go on adventures! I also love music and drumming class. I feel lucky that my two brothers can take me and be with me for all the fun!


HFC Member

"I like Highland Friendship Club because it's fun, and you can make a lot of friends. Friday Night Fun is great because we get to go different places like out to eat or doing crafts. I tried new things like cooking and music classes too. I was in the first movie they made."