New Friends connects teens and young adults in high school and college with children who have special needs and their families. The purpose of New Friends is to build relationships by focusing on our abilities, not our disabilities, while creating a fun-filled atmosphere where the entire family feels safe, relaxed and happy! This program is a ministry of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM), which is a national outreach ministry to people with developmental disabilities, their families and the communities they live in. New Friends groups gather at a place of their choosing that best suits their individual needs. Events may be held at an area school or a local facility. They begin with a brief devotional message of hope, followed by fun activities planned by the volunteers. Some activities include sporting activities, music, games, singing, dancing, crafts and snacks.