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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

Caity Young

Program Specialist

Christine Poarch

Program Specialist / Food Services Coordinator

Ellen Willis-Conger

Operations Director

Esther Kratz

Program Services Coordinator

Heidi Holly

Executive Director

Judy Hughes

Program Manager, Goleta

Kim Larsen

Family Services Manager


Keeper of Cookies

Naomi Edwards

Program Coordinator

Sweet Mary Zafra

Program Specialist

Our Blog

Fall Fashion Photo Contest!

What: A photo contest to show off the best/ worst/ silliest contents from your fall wardrobe. How: Send the photos to or text them to (805) 705-4106 When: Send in photos by October 22nd Who: ANYONE, ANYWHERE

Veteran’s Group: Now held virtually!

The struggles of military life are best understood by fellow veterans. Our Veteran’s Support Group provides a comfortable, empathetic, and supportive environment where veterans can express their thoughts and feelings about military experience, life after military and learning or reinforcing coping skills. This virtual class is held via Zoom on the third Thursday of each month from 3:00pm-4:00pm. To access…

The Drive-In Luau was a Hit!

On Thursday, August 27th , Friendship Center held its second ever Drive-In Activity Hour at the Montecito site. The event, which was Luau themed, saw over twenty cars holding roughly forty guests in attendance. Members of our community, most of them being caregivers, brought their senior loved ones to Friendship Center’s tropically decorated parking lot for live yet socially distanced activities while…

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.