Welcome to Friends House Independent Living!
All homes are one-story at ground level. Clusters have Commons areas with a kitchen, dining area with multiple tables, a large living room, and a laundry room. Meetings and gatherings are organized regularly in the Commons areas and residents also make use of the Commons for reading, working on a jigsaw puzzle, watching TV, using a computer, or hosting family parties and dinners. The Friends Café offers three delicious and healthy meals a day. Breakfast is free for residents. Lunch and dinner are available at a modest cost to community members. Fitness classes are offered on campus five days a week and there is a Fitness Center available for use. Transportation services are provided for the individuals who have made the Friends House community their home.
The Garden Apartments
The 64 apartments are designed for simple, comfortable living for single, married, or partnered individuals. Each has a living area, an efficiency kitchen, a bathroom, and one or two bedrooms. There is a small patio and garden area in front of each residence. Individuals can choose to plant and maintain their garden or have Friends House provide low maintenance gardening.
Apartment homes are air-conditioned and bi-weekly housekeeping and emergency call assistance are included in the monthly fee. Overnight visitors may be accommodated in one of two guest rooms for a small fee. Residents may keep friendly pets in accord with our Pet Policy. Dog walking is a popular activity and cats can be found napping in sunny spots. Most apartments have an uncovered designated parking place for a vehicle. Carport parking is available with nine of these homes. Transportation services are available for those who would prefer to use a shuttle service.
Older adults who wish more spacious accommodations may choose to live in one of the houses, which are on a residential street and connected to the campus via short walkways. Three of the houses have three bedrooms, two baths, a full kitchen, laundry facilities, and garage parking. One house has two bedrooms in addition to the amenities listed above. Those living in the houses have the same services, benefits and responsibilities as apartment residents.
Life as Independent Living Residents
Individuals may choose to participate as much or as little as they wish in Friends House cultural, recreational, educational and leisure programs. The residents have developed many special interest groups including: book reviews, poetry, creative art, singing, food interest, games, walking, Chi-Gong, and peace-and-justice. One committee of community members selects a weekly movie, and another arranges art exhibitions. Several individuals who live on campus maintain the library of approximately 5000 cataloged volumes. Other residents volunteer in community organizations; still others participate in the many volunteer opportunities at Friends House.
For those residents who wish to have vegetable gardens, some plots are available in the community garden. Over 100 fruit bearing trees and vines are located throughout the campus. The entire community enjoys this bounty with their friends and neighbors. They also enjoy the beauty of over 100 rose bushes.
The Resident Services Director assists with the health and well-being of residents when they enter Friends House and helps to arrange for services such as in-home assistance, transportation, and meals, as necessary.
Residents have formed an association for community and self-governing purposes. The association, meets monthly and with elected officers, acts on recommendations brought by the (Friends) House Council, which is a smaller elected resident group. The association has many committees, including Program and Buildings & Grounds. The House Council deliberates on issues important to resident welfare and selects the agenda for the association meetings. These groups invite the Executive Director to their meetings as part of their effort to stay informed on relevant issues for Friends House. Two residents are elected by the association to serve on the governing board of Friends House.
New community members are warmly welcomed and settle into an informal and engaged lifestyle. Most are relieved to leave behind home maintenance, focusing their time and energy on interests and community.