Click here for a HFC waiver form. Waiver forms must be signed and mailed to HFC.
Join the Highland Friendship Club – It’s Easy!
The Highland Friendship Club (HFC) is for young adults 14 years old and older who have a developmental and/or physical disability and want to be more connected to their community, have fun with their friends and try new things. Check out the calendar of activities. Most activities only require that you let us know a few days ahead of time that you are planning to participate. You can participate in one activity or all of them, the choice is yours! All activities have a small fee but there is no fee to become a HFC member.
How Do I Become a Member?
Complete an HFC Membership Form Online
It’s easy to become a member of the Highland Friendship Club. Fill out the Highland Friendship Club member inventory form online or print a copy and mail it to us. All members fill out the form once a year. Make sure to include any information you think we need to make sure you can fully participate in the activity. Don’t forget to include emergency contact information too!
Try us out
If you aren’t sure if you want to be a member and want to “try out” an activity first, no problem, we would love to have you come to an activity and check it out. Go to the Calendar of Events or the newsletter and find an activity that you are interested in attending.
Email or call Christina Geng at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-698-4096 at least two days before the activity is scheduled to take place and let her know that you want to participate and “try out” the activity before you become a member. Make sure you bring a parent or another adult friend with you. They can participate too or just watch. You can pay for the activity at the door.
If you can’t afford the cost of an activity, HFC has scholarship support available. We ask all members to pay at least a small portion of the cost of attending the activity. Go to FAQ for more information about receiving scholarship support.
Don’t Forget Your Waiver Form
All members must also complete a Highland Friendship Club waiver form each year. This form must be signed by you and/or a parent/guardian depending on your situation. ALL HIGHLAND FRIENDSHIP CLUB MEMBERS MUST HAVE A SIGNED WAIVER ON FILE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN HIGHLAND FRIENDSHIP CLUB ACTIVITIES. Download a HFC waiver form and mail it to us.
Why should I become a member of the Highland Friendship Club?
Socializing is an important part of the Club! Our members come from all over St. Paul and other places in the Twin Cities. The Highland Friendship Club offers many different ways to meet new friends and share new experiences. Game nights, cooking class and movie nights let you meet other members who share your interests. Highland Friendship Club members also get together for sporting events and can be found rooting for the home team at many Cretin-Derham Hall sporting events.
Explore your artistic side!
Art is a great way to express yourself, get your hands dirty and create a masterpiece! The Highland Friendship Club works with local artists to offer jewelry-making classes, painting and drawing classes, craft projects and other hands-on opportunities. Or, if you like being the center of attention, you can get involved in our music program, jam with friends and sing in the choir.
Be adventurous and get physically fit!
If you're looking for adventure, then be sure to look for Highland Friendship Club events that offer more challenges like Sunday and summer-time Adventure Days, yoga class or Hiking in the City.The Highland Friendship Club partners with community organizations trained to work with people with disabilities to ensure a safe and interesting experience.
Volunteer and give back to your community!
The Highland Friendship Club is committed to helping the greater community. Our members are active volunteers and, as a group, we create flower arrangements for local nursing homes, help create food packs at Feed My Starving Children, make blankets for babies who live in a homeless shelter and prepare birthday boxes for local foodshelves. These service activities are a lot of fun and support the community - everybody wins!
Become more independent!
One of our goals is to help our members become more independent and get ready for a more adult life in the community. An important part of achieving that goal is getting important skills that will help you be successful. Community Club, a new program started in the Fall of 2009, offers activities that focus on personal health, personal finances, job-hunting ideas and self-advocacy to help you become more independent.