“Friends Forever has been around for 27 years and has communities throughout New England as host towns,” said Stephen Martineau, executive director of Friends Forever. “We’re growing world peace in our own back yard.”
The “Life Raft” experience is unique, explained Martineau in that it requires participants be together 24/7, living, volunteering and experiencing a community outside of their comfort zones — something many of the teens were hesitant about considering their differing Protestant and Catholic backgrounds.
“I was nervous about living together,” said Amy Allely, 15. “But I’ve learned you can’t judge people before you know them.”
“Everyone has the same problems, regardless of where they’re from,” said Rebecca Greer, 15.
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