BOISE -- Adults with special needs often don't get many opportunities to get out and make new friends. But that's all changing in the Treasure Valley, thanks to a special group called the Amazing Amigos.

One of our parents started activities at their house, said Clint Swaim. We'd meet Fridays and play games.

Swain sent KTVB an email, telling us about The Amazing Amigos - a social group for adults with special needs.

Freddie Gallas is one of the organizers of the group and hosted the gatherings until the group got too big.

It was in our house for a while, we had a huge basement, we outgrew the basement even.

Crossroads Community Church in Nampa then generously offered the Amigos some space to meet.

We have adults that when they first started coming would barely talk to anyone, and now they have buddies they hang with, said Gallas.

When the Amigos started, there were just a few people in the group, but word spread fast. Now they have more than 40 members.

We have people who drive from Boise, we have people from Caldwell, said Gallas. That tells me right there, the word is getting out about us.

They meet every Friday for lunch and activities.

My mom decided the group is totally good for me to get out and see everybody, meet new friends, said Amazing Amigo Meghan.

We get out and have fun and it gives us a chance to meet people like us, said Amazing Amigo Jared.

The parents of these adults get the support they need too.

The parents get a lot out of it too, because sometimes we feel a little isolated, said Gallas.

It's been really good for Stanley and I because we live in Middleton and there aren't many groups for people like Stanley, said parent Jean Dillard.

The Amazing Amigos are always welcoming new members.

We are growing, we are growing and that is a wonderful thing, said Gallas. It's a community within a community.

If you'd like to be a part of the Amazing Amigos, send an email to the group s organizer Freddie Gallas at

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