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Dear Friendship Center Friends,
I want you to know how much my husband and I appreciate all of the thoughtful letters, cards, notes and packages of information/activities you take the time to send our way! He loves getting mail and he takes the time to go through everything. The mail communications are making him feel even  more connected to  the wonderful programs you have made available during this challenging time.
Thank you for all you are doing to assist us!

Thank you for all you are doing to assist us!

My heart-felt thanks to all you exceptional folks who ease my burden AND bring caring direction to my husband’s days at Friendship Center.

Heart-felt Thanks

My husband feels loved and accepted by the friendly, patient staff and volunteers at Friendship Center. He feels at home there. As for myself, it feels good leaving my husband in this safe and caring environment. Friendship Center is truly a gift to those of us who care for a loved one with memory loss!

A True Gift

Our Friendship Center Family


Party Pug

Ana Leon

Program Specialist

Christine Poarch

Program Specialist / Food Services Coordinator

Ellen Willis-Conger

Operations Director

Esther Kratz

Program Services Coordinator

Heidi Holly

Executive Director

Jean Hall

Administrative Lead

Kim Larsen

Family Services Manager

Laurie Mason

Program & Communications Coordinator


Keeper of Cookies

Naomi Edwards

Program Coordinator

Sophia Davis

Advancement & Project Manager

Our Blog

Board Member Cynder Sinclair Walks the Walk

By Laurie Mason Program & Communications Coordinator It all started with a small thing in the early 1970s when Cynder Sinclair was helping in her son’s classroom. “I noticed some of the kids were not dressed warmly enough for the weather,” she says. Cynder was living with her husband and five children in the small farming community of Kingsburg, where it…

Dine & Donate Hits Record Numbers in Support of Friendship Center  

By Sophia Davis Advancement & Project Manager April’s Dine & Donate Event was a fantastic success with over 110 dinners sold, making it our most successful Dine & Donate event ever! Heidi Holly, Executive Director commented, “We want to extend our sincere gratitude to SBAOR, and the CORE Committee for working their hearts out to support Friendship Center. The event…

Friendship Center Intern Claire Arnold Graduates & Reflects

  Community Connect Adult Program members are familiar with Claire Arnold’s graceful,  kind presence on their Zoom screens. Claire, Friendship Center’s intern from Westmont  College, graduated in May and recently completed her eight-month internship. She’s been an asset to Friendship Center and a credit to Westmont College, and we will all miss her. While she is pursuing new opportunities in…

Rosewood Miramar Beach Resorts Donates Lunches for Seniors

Big thanks to our neighbors at the Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort for contributing 42 lunches to Friendship Center’s monthly Take Care Totes, going out to isolated seniors! This is what community is all about!

Dine & Donate: Los Agaves & SBAOR to Donate Proceeds of April 21 Event to Friendship Center

In an event sponsored by the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors (SBAOR), Los Agaves Restaurant is cooking up an authentic Mexican meal for charity. Meal pick-up is Wednesday, April 21 from 4:30 p.m.—6:30 p.m.  All proceeds support  Friendship Center, an Adult-Day program located in Montecito and Goleta, providing programs that honor individuality, promote socialization, and foster a compassionate community for…

April Take Care Totes Packed with Games, Activities & a Bit of Luxury

by Laurie Mason, program coordinator Take Care Totes go out to members April 15 packed with practical items like chapstick, face masks, fruit cups and tissue packs, granola bars, chocolates and fresh fruit. This month a bit of luxury is included as well, donated by Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort in the form of a ready-made lunch. Games are an important part…

Our Mission

Friendship Center offers engaging activities that promote socialization, well-being, and a sense of community for aging adults. We provide respite, support, and education for their caregivers, enabling them to achieve balance in their lives.