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National nonprofit organization ‘Erin’s Hope for Friends’ to open new club location in Lexington

Erin’s Hope for Friends, a national nonprofit organization, announced at the annual fundraiser gala on Saturday that it will open the doors to two new e’s Club locations, one in Lexington and another in Savannah, Ga.

Erin’s Hope for Friends was inspired by Erin Horst, a gentle and talented 17-year-old with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who experienced challenges, bullying and tragically passed away in 2014. The Horst family founded the nonprofit to help other teens have a safe place to make friends and feel accepted.

You can view their story at http://vimeo.com/171156071.

Erin’s Hope for Friends was inspired by Erin Horst, a gentle and talented 17-year-old with Autism Spectrum Disorder who tragically passed away in 2014.

The e’s Club program was created for teenagers and young adults with (ASD) and features a safe, open and inviting space where they can make meaningful connections and lasting friendships, something that is often difficult for individuals with ASD. The new Kentucky Chapter of Erin’s Hope for Friends will be led by a newly formed board of directors, with its first e’s Club location planned in Lexington to serve the Bluegrass area.

In addition, a new e’s Club location will also be opened in Savannah to join existing Georgia locations in Alpharetta and Acworth.

In its current locations, e’s Club provides a place where teens (ages 12 through high school seniors) and young adults (high school grads ages 18-24) with ASD can meet weekly on weekend evenings. Activities at e’s Club include foosball, billiards, ping-pong, board games, crafts, Legos, card games, and gaming consoles for two or more players — all of which help entertain and encourage interaction.

Other scheduled activities have included concerts, hiking, sports outings, movie night and dances. Staff and volunteers are always on hand at the meet-ups to provide oversight, friendship and encouragement.

It is estimated that the doors of the Lexington e’s club could open as early as Spring 2020. There is a $20 member fee per meet-up to help defray operational costs, with a sliding fee and scholarship application available upon request. The majority of funds and furnishings are raised through donation.

To learn more about the nonprofit, please visit www.erinshopeforfriends.org. To make a donation to the Kentucky Chapter, find out about membership or volunteer, please visit www.facebook.com/pg/erinshopeforfriendsKY.

From Erin’s Hope for Friends

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