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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 Coordinator


Keeper of Cookies

Naomi Edwards

Program Coordinator

Rachel Graef, MSW

Program Manager

Sophia Davis

Advancement & Project Manager

Our Blog

You’ve Got a Friend in Me: Friendship Center Finds a Way to Stay Connected

by BY STEVEN LIBOWITZ , Montecito Journal Friendship Center serves an often overlooked, but much-needed niche for the aging adult community — providing a daytime home away from home where the dependent seniors can take advantage of companionship and engaging activities. They also receive necessary supervision while their family caregivers receive respite and a much-needed break from the demands of…

Judith Ewing, MFT, Receives Individual Award

By Laurie Mason Program & Communications Coordinator Friendship Center is proud to announce it was awarded “Caregiver of the Year” for a facility by the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens Area Agency on Aging in honor of Older Americans Month. “Friendship Center has been very successful in providing live virtual classes five days a week,” writes Sue Larsen of…

Friendship Center to Roll Out Hybrid Schedule

By Laurie Mason Program & Communications Coordinator As the State of California inches toward a comprehensive reopening plan, Friendship Center members and caregivers will be heartened to know that our own reopening plan has been in the works for months. The new hybrid plan incorporates both onsite and Zoom activities as it transitions toward fully re-opening. “We’re pleased to announce…

Take Care Totes Program Is Lifeline to Homebound Seniors

  By Laurie Mason, Program & Communications Coordinator May 13 marked the 11th monthly delivery of Friendship Center’s signature comfort-food for the isolated soul Take Care Totes. Beginning just 10 days after mandatory shelter-in-place orders, Friendship Center’s Take Care Tote program represents a lifeline to homebound, isolated seniors.  “Ideally, Take Care Totes represent joy and love as they open the…

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…

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.