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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


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

Jean Hall

Administrative Lead

Kim Larsen

Family Services Manager

Laurie Mason

Program Coordinator


Keeper of Cookies

Naomi Edwards

Program Coordinator

Sophia Davis

Advancement & Project Manager

Our Blog

Socializing—Even on Zoom—Is What’s Best for the Brain

  We all know doing crossword puzzles is a great way to exercise our brains. But neurosurgeon and author Sanjay Gupta, M.D. says crossword puzzles are nowhere near as healthy as talking to a friend. “Crossword puzzles are great, but they’re no substitute for everything else you should be doing for your brain,” Gupta told Dax Shephard in a conversation…

Webinar: Ritual and Resilience: Building Meaning and Connection in a World Turned Upside Down

  Friendship Center will be joining Hospice of Santa Barbara for the Ritual and Resilience: Building Meaning and Connection in a World Turned Upside Down Virtual Event Thursday, January 21st from 6-7 PM PDT. They will be joined by the internationally respected Buddhist teacher and visionary cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, and founder of the Metta Institute, Katy Butler.…

Unity Shoppe & FC Bring Christmas Cheer to Homebound Seniors

By Kathryn Cherkas, MIPH (photo: gift unwrapping party on Zoom with Friendship Center families) “Character and resiliency appear when challenges emerge”- Anonymous This year has been marked by challenges and heartache. Through it all, however, organizations in our community have held steadfastly to their commitments of serving those in need. The Unity Shoppe, a group that has a long history…

Thanksgiving Lunch Donors- THANK YOU!

Friendship Center would like to extend a sincere thank you to the wonderful donors who helped us put together over 50 lunches for isolated seniors and their caregivers this Thanksgiving. Our neighbor, Chef Massimo, at the Rosewood Miramar provided DELICUOUS boxed lunches, Sprouts Market gave us enough gift cards to purchase tasty sides and meals for caregivers, Anna’s Bakery and…

Thanksgiving Lunch Delivery for CCAP Members

  **You do not need to confirm your lunch delivery; we will deliver lunches to all CCAP members unless otherwise stated!

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.