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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



Keeper of Cookies

Ana Leon

Program Specialist

Sweet Mary Zafra

Program Specialist

Judy Hughes

Program Manager, Goleta

Ellen Willis-Conger

Operations Director

Kim Larsen

Family Services Manager

Caity Young

Program Specialist

Christine Poarch

Program Specialist / Food Services Coordinator

Heidi Holly

Executive Director

Esther Kratz

Program Services Coordinator

Naomi Edwards

Program Coordinator

Our Blog

Drive-In Style Activities for Seniors

By Kathryn Cherkas For over 40 years, Friendship Center has been a post in our community for compassionate care for aging adults. Friendship Center’s two sites, one in Montecito and the other in Goleta, offer exciting day programs for adults and seniors to enjoy daily while offering caregivers respite. Since closing our physical doors on March 16th due to COVID-19 precautions, we have had to find alternative…

Where Can I Get a Drink around Here? Keeping Ahead of Dehydration

By Kathryn Cherkas, MPH   Did you know that our brain’s ability to be aware of and respond to thirst decreases as we age? This is an added challenge for caregivers because the one for whom you provide care might not be able to communicate that he or she is thirsty. While doing our best to make loved ones are…

The Importance of Activities for Seniors and Jokes

By Kathryn Cherkas, MPH WHY ARE ACTIVITIES SO IMPORTANT FOR SENIORS? Let’s THINK! Brain stimulating exercises aid in better cognition, reasoning, processing speed, attention span, verbal skills, and working memory. Some of the tools we share through our virtual community verbally & visually, and others are physical, with doorstep deliveries of activity worksheets to members: word puzzles, number puzzles, and…

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.