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Professionally led activity programs designed to support functioning related to:

  • Physical ability

  • Emotional needs

  • Cognitive stimulation

  • Social connections

Live music & dancing, art & pet therapy, physical & cognitive fitness programs, community outings and intergenerational site visits, discussion and reminiscence groups are all part of the safe, comfortable and fun environment we provide each day.

Volunteer groups include SBCC Vitality Program, Richie's Barbershop, Westmont College, Westmont Nursing Program, Therapy Dog International & More!

Three nutritious, delicious meals for aging adults.

We serve a breakfast, hot three course lunch and hearty snack at the end of the day. We incorporate the nutritional needs of older adults into our expertly crafted, diversified menu.

Sample daily menu:


  • Strawberry & Banana Smoothie 

  • Scrambled Eggs

  • Whole Grain Toast

  • Tea or (decaf) Coffee


  • French Onion Soup

  • Casaer Salad 

  • Roasted Chicken Breast with Dijon Sauce, Cilantro Rice & Steamed Broccoli


  • Apples with peanut butter, crackers and fresh juice or milk

Valuable caregiver respite for family members and friends who are caring for a loved one.

Families who bring their loved one to Friendship Center have the peace of mind knowing their spouse, parent, grandparent, sibling or friend is spending their day somewhere that they are safe, respected, supported and celebrated! 

Other caregiver support services provided:

  • Resource navigation, including transportation to and from our program through our partner organization, EasyLift

  • Support groups, educational workshops and peer support programs

  • Access to a secure digital family portal to view your loved one's activities and staff observations to support in-home care strategies


The generosity of the community enables anyone who is appropriate for and could benefit from Friendship Center's program to attend regardless of their financial means. 

Your support plays a crucial role in ensuring that Santa Barbara remains a place where everyone can age with dignity, beauty, and joy



Founded in 1976, Friendship Center is a 501c 3 non-profit organization licensed through the California Department of Social Services.

Friendship Center provides subsidized day care programs and services to older and dependent adults living with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, other forms of dementia and related conditions across varied stages. Our program is also designed for older adults who are experiencing physical limitations or are socially isolated.

Veterans socializing on the patio at Friendship Center


Our center caters to the behavioral and health-related symptoms of dementia. We are a secure facility and our staff are trained to gently redirect worrying, agitation, and wandering. Attending the day program can help our members sleep soundly through the night. We assist with activities of daily living such as eating, walking, sitting and standing, and toileting. 



Our location on Miramar Beach in Montecito, near Santa Barbara on the California Central Coast, is ideal for year-round outdoor activities and experiences. Our members enjoy sunny days on our patio and butterfly garden, nature walks, beach outings, and much more.

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