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My Friendship Group Buddy, Jen

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Published on August 8th, 2012 | No Comments »

Photo from left to right: Jen’s mother, Jen, my mother Ann, my boyfriend Bruce, and me at The Chocolate Ball. Photo taken by my father, Steve.

I just love hanging out with my buddy, Jen. We do a lot of fun things together. Let me tell you a little bit about her.

She is a young mom that works part time in consulting. Her husband is very smart and works hard and is very supportive. Her family is like my second family. They are so nice to me. She and her husband have two young kids. Their first child is six years old and she calls me “Miss Christine” sometimes and she’s kind of like a little sister to me. She and I love to do things together. Their second child is two and a half years old. He is kind of like a little brother. Here is a strange coincidence. He was born on my birthday! So now we get together and celebrate both of our birthdays at the same time.

My parents and I decided to try the Friendship Group because my older siblings were either going away for school or were married and had moved away. Not only were my siblings going away, but many of the friends that I grew up with were either away at school or married. Jen applied to volunteer at The Arc and wanted to be part of the Friendship Group. We had a pairing up meeting with my boss, my mother, me and Jen. Luckily, we hit it off. We have been hanging out together since March of 2008.

A few of our favorite activities include dinner and shopping, going to the movies, celebrating end of a semester, celebrating my birthday, hanging out at their home and, most recently, going to The Arc’s Chocolate Ball. She even comes to watch the No Boundaries Performance with her daughter!

Without the Friendship Group and Jen I would not be able to do as many community outings as I do. It’s a great program!!



About the Author: Christine works at the front desk of The Arc of Howard County. Christine graduated from River Hill High School in 2005. Christine enjoys horseback riding and is a member of the Special Olympics Equestrian Team. She is involved in many community activities including Special Olympics Basketball, Special Olympics Track and Field and No Boundaries, an annual musical produced by the Department of Recreation and Parks . Christine is a member of People Power, a self advocacy group, and is on the Maryland Commission on Disabilities.