Marcfirst High School Transition Program


Friendsfirst began in 2009 as a partnership between families who approached us with the need of more service options for their son/daughter with intellectual disabilities. Since then, Friendsfirst has become a popular program where people can develop new friendships, learn new skills, talk about current events, and explore the creative arts.

Friendsfirst meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am-12:30pm at Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Bloomington.

The program is open to adults with disabilities who can care for their own needs while at the program.

This is such a unique opportunity that we are currently at capacity! Please contact us to be added to our waitlist.

Friendsfirst will:

  • Meet the needs of families in the community who are receiving limited supports.
  • Provide the opportunity for people to meet new friends
  • Give people the opportunity to learn new skills, share talents, and practice skills needed for greater independence.
  • Offer a unique experience every day for participants!
  • Activities include: gardening, arts and crafts, special speakers, photography, music and lessons related to wellness and overall well-being

We can use your support in several ways:

  • Wish List Items:
    New or gently used games like decks of cards, Uno, puzzles varying in range of difficulty, craft supplies including card making supplies like card stock, stamps, stickers, glue, markers, dry erase markers and exercise DVDs.
  • Your time and talent:
    We rely on volunteers each time we are open to engage in activities with participants. Volunteers can bring in a hobby to share and/or teach people or just come to participate in the days programming with the people who attend. Volunteer Information

Families who will regularly use the center will be required to pay a registration fee of $20 and contribute a small program fee of $7.50 for each participant when they come

Special Thanks:

Special thanks to our friends at Second Pres for donating the space and for your on-going support for the last seven years of Friendsfirst.

Thanks to our community partners: Master Gardners of McLean County, Music Therapy Department at ISU.