Joni and Friends New England

Joni and Friends envisions a world where every person with a disability finds hope, dignity, and their place in the Body of Christ. Locally we do this by reaching them where they live, caring for them where they are, and connecting them to where God wants them to be – knowing Him personally in a local Christ-honoring church.

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News, Stories & Inspiration

Loving Special Needs Families in New England

By Joni and Friends | January 29, 2021

“Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today.’”Hebrews 3:13 When Family Retreat was canceled due to COVID-19 regulations, a new and creative way to love families was born. It’s called Family Retreat at Home, and in New England, 43 families from all six New England states joyfully attended. Jose, Jennifer, and their…

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Family Retreat Supports Families All Year Long!

By Joni and Friends | January 6, 2021

“God sets the lonely in families.” Psalm 68:6 Dan and Sandra Rivera were super excited when they heard about Family Retreat. Their sons DeMetrius (19), Nathan (11) and Isaac (6) matched their parents’ excitement. Both DeMetrius and Nathan have global developmental delays, making their day-to-day caregiving routines incredibly complicated – and making vacations impossible. Little Isaac was perhaps anticipating Family Retreat most of all. As he explained, “I was looking…

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Joni’s Kayak

By Joni and Friends | June 27, 2019

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada, and you know I love Family Retreats. And I’ve got my friend and coworker here with me, Shauna Amick. Hi, Shauna! (SHAUNA: Hey there, Joni.) And you know you and I have gone to more Family Retreats than you can shake a stick at! (SHAUNA: That’s for sure.) We’ve seen so many dreams fulfilled; so many “firsts.”  SHAUNA: Like seeing that severely disabled boy who had always…

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Life is an Adventure!

By Joni and Friends | September 5, 2016

When you’ve been in a wheelchair as long as I have, every summer that I can get out there and “do stuff” is pretty significant. Even though I’m past 65, I am still trying new things. Like when Ken and I went to our Joni and Friends’ Family Retreat in New England. It’s a beautiful…

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The Island of Disability

By Joni and Friends | July 18, 2016

Feeling isolated is common when you have a child with special needs. My friend, Shauna, experienced this when she got the news her baby, Sarah, had chromosomal abnormalities. Although her friends loved her, they didn’t know what to say or how to relate. For two long years Shauna felt isolated. Then, one day, Shauna was…

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Josie’s Story

By Joni and Friends | October 29, 2015

Even though weeks have passed since our summertime season of Family Retreats, the memories remain fresh and bright. Just what inspires a kid about Family Retreat? Take a minute to listen to little Josie describe her week at our Joni and Friends/New England Family Retreat. For disabled kids and their siblings, there’s no place like…

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We Need Your Help at Family Retreat!

By Joni and Friends | May 9, 2014

Family Retreats are around the corner and we need your help! The success of any Joni and Friends Family Retreat depends largely on having enough ‘helping hands’ to serve the special-needs families who attend. This year, most of our Family Retreats filled up very quickly with families – but we do not have enough volunteer Short-Term Missionaries (STMs) to serve…

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Phone: (978) 620-0606

Joni and Friends New England
370 Merrimack St (Building #5) Unit 115
Lawrence, MA 01843

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