Friendship Circle Farber Center opens helping adults with special needs

Many adults with special needs find themselves socially isolated and without an outlet or employment. Our friends from The Friendship Circle are woking to change that with the opening of the new Friendship Circle Farber Center.

At the new center is the Soul Cafe and event space, where 40 percent of the employees have special needs. The Soul Cafe is a state of the art Kosher restaurant, which is opened from 7a - 3pm Sunday - Friday for breakfast and lunch with both inside and outside seating. The public can come and eat, but a reservation is recommended.

They have an art art studio and gallery there, too, with practically every medium thinkable for these adults to explore their creative side, and maybe even make a commission.

Bassie Shemtov, the executive director of the Friendship Circle and the Farber Soul Center, joined us on The Nine to tell us about the new center. She was also joined by one of the art students and Soul Cafe employee, Lea Pollack.

The Farber Center is located at 5586 Drake Road in West Bloomfield. You can learn more at