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Judith Ewing, MFT, Receives Individual Award

  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 Gulley and Larsen Insurance Services, who…

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Friendship Center to Roll Out Hybrid Schedule

  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 that our plan has been approved…

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Take Care Totes Program Is Lifeline to Homebound Seniors

  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 bags to see what activities, treats and…

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Board Member Cynder Sinclair Walks the Walk

  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 gets cold in the off season…

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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…

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Friendship Center Intern Claire Arnold Graduates & Reflects

  Community Connect Adult Program members are familiar with Claire Arnold’s graceful,  kind presence on their Zoom screens. Claire, Friendship Center’s intern from Westmont  College, graduated in May and recently completed her eight-month internship. She’s been an asset to Friendship Center and a credit to Westmont College, and we will all miss her. While she is pursuing new opportunities in…

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Dine & Donate: Los Agaves & SBAOR to Donate Proceeds of April 21 Event to Friendship Center

In an event sponsored by the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors (SBAOR), Los Agaves Restaurant is cooking up an authentic Mexican meal for charity. Meal pick-up is Wednesday, April 21 from 4:30 p.m.—6:30 p.m.  All proceeds support  Friendship Center, an adult day program located in Montecito and Goleta, providing programs that honor individuality, promote socialization, and foster a compassionate community…

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April Take Care Totes Packed with Games, Activities & a Bit of Luxury

by Laurie Mason, program coordinator Take Care Totes go out to members April 15 packed with practical items like chapstick, face masks, fruit cups and tissue packs, granola bars, chocolates and fresh fruit. This month a bit of luxury is included as well, donated by Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort in the form of a ready-made lunch. Games are an important part…

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One Year in Quarantine: Caregivers Share Trials & Triumphs

  March 2021 marked the one-year anniversary of California’s shelter-in-place orders. While many, clearing the shelves of toilet paper, anticipated an inexplicable increase in bathroom visits, others assured themselves everything would go back to normal in six weeks. No one yet grasped that March 14, 2020 was to begin a full year of masks, social distancing, loneliness and all the…

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