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 desired more frequent contact with each other. Word spread to other parents in search of programs to enrich their child’s life, and our modest organization grew.   

Today, the age range of HFC members is growing as we continue to add community experiences and a range of activities in response to the changing interests of over 300 members!  Programs are offered daily - often multiple times per day - 6 days a week.


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. Girl's Night Out 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."