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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

The staff’s compassion and understanding is remarkable. Our family is so grateful for their caring support on our journey with my husband’s Alzheimer’s.

Compassionate Staff

Our Friendship Center Family

Ana

Party Pug

Ana Leon

Program Specialist

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

Programming & Communications Coordinator

Lela

Keeper of Cookies

Naomi Edwards

Program Coordinator

Sophia Davis

Advancement & Project Manager

Our Blog

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…

One Year in Quarantine: Caregivers Share Trials & Triumphs

  by Laurie Mason, program coordinator March 2021 marked the one-year anniversary of California’s shelter-in-place orders. While many, clearing the shelves of toilet paper, anticipated an inexplicable increase in bathroom visits, others assured themselves everything would go back to normal in six weeks. No one yet grasped that March 14, 2020 was to begin a full year of masks, social…

Friendship Center CCAP Activities Changes Start Time to 10 a.m. April 5

Beginning Monday, April 5, Friendship Center will start our virtual-programming day at 10 a.m. rather than 9 a.m. Hours will be from 10 a.m.—noon with a one-hour break for lunch, resuming at 1 p.m.—4 p.m.  We will continue providing a more interactive agenda, including games with a purpose like Find the Differences, Wheel of Impressions, Stories and Discussions and Word…

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.