Teens and young adults with autism can make new friends while having a blast at Friday Fun Night, a program offered by Bittersweet Farms.
“We give them the opportunity to just kick back and hang out,” says Jennifer Slechter, Bittersweet’s community outreach specialist. “Their caregivers, meanwhile, can enjoy an evening of respite.”
Friday Fun Night, geared toward ages 12 to adults, takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., one Friday a month in Bowling Green. The evening typically includes dinner, games (UNO being a favorite), seasonal craft projects, and a movie.
Participants learn about collaboration and choices. They help prepare the meal and clean up, and they vote on what movies to watch. “We want them to be invested, and that means giving them choices,” says Slechter.
Friday Fun Night is held the fourth Friday of every month in Bowling Green at the Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 20189 N. Dixie Highway. The cost is $25. Caregivers must register in advance and submit necessary documentation. Hancock County residents can also attend Lima’s Friday Fun Night, offered for three age groups. Call Heidi LeGrand at 419-875-6986, ext. 1242 about Bowling Green’s program, and Jennifer Slechter at 419-999-9174 for dates, time and cost for Lima’s program.
Visit bittersweetfarms.org for additional information.