While working toward building our Home with a Heart, Friendship Home developed creative programs in response to the needs identified by individuals and families. Friendship Club was launched in 1999 and teaches life and social skills to members while providing the rare opportunity to form friendships with peers. Those that participate often lacked opportunities to develop friendships and make choices about how to spend their leisure time.
In 2010, Friendship Home added the Bridges to Work Vocational Program, Individual Support Services and Travel Club to our program offerings. The total number of individuals served now exceeds 140, not including family members who also receive on-going support. Once operational, Friendship Home’s respite program will allow participants to experience what it is like to live independently and to gain the life skills necessary for potentially doing so in the future. As such, the overnight program will help to foster independence, while simultaneously providing family members with periods of respite ranging from one overnight to two weeks.