SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT – STIMULATING ACTIVITIES – SAFE AND WELCOMING SETTINGS – FUN, FUN, FUN!!!
One of the main goals of our services is to support and enhance our members’ quality of life, as well as that of their family companions or caregivers. Our members are adults who may be socially isolated and feel more comfortable in a social and supportive setting. We also serve people living with physical or cognitive disabilities, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. We offer programs that focus on our members’ strengths, experiences, and knowledge, rather than their limitations, while accommodating the current reality of their abilities.
Friendship Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Each day we serve a light breakfast, full hot lunch, and afternoon snack. Days and hours of attendance can be arranged to meet individual needs.
For Montecito please call Luciana at 805 969-0859
For Goleta please call Tracy at 805 845-7454
Or stop by any time for a visit. We’d love to give you a tour of our centers!
Types of Activities Available Include:
Our staff Program Specialists engage our members in mentally stimulating activities such as Jeopardy and other games, trivia, and crossword puzzles. We also offer current events discussion groups to help to keep our members in touch with what’s going on in the world today.
Our activities also include live music (at least once per week, sometimes more often) with dancing always an option for those who care to, art classes, pet therapy visits, reminiscence groups, Home & Garden, Bingo/Loteria, Joyful Movement, chair chi, flower arranging, men’s group, and holiday and birthday celebrations.
These include visits from All Saints pre-school children and students from other area schools. Our GOLD Project affords the opportunity for members to visit 2nd grade classrooms for conversations about life that connect across generations. This program concentrates on members’ long-term memories and remaining abilities, often providing comfort to those with dementia.
Let’s Go! is a weekly excursion program at the Goleta Center, a chance for small groups of members to get out and about, accompanied by a staff member and volunteer on one of our vans. They might visit a museum or other attraction, or just enjoy a sight-seeing drive along the coast on a beautiful day.
In addition, short walks are offered weekly at both locations for those members physically able. Just a little way down the road from our Montecito Center is Miramar Beach, so these outings provide a invigorating breath of salt air! And in Goleta, the group might walk in the tranquil neighborhood around the Center or at a nearby shopping center.