We Need Your Help!
Historically, some older Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities like Cathy resided in state institutions, attended boarding schools, and transitioned into workshop placements. In the 1990’s, the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) enacted the Everyday Lives initiative for all adults with intellectual disabilities to have the opportunity to integrate into the communities where they resided.
Since 1972, Friendship Community has been meeting the needs of Individuals in residential, day, and homebased services. When these needs are met, they are able to experience that everyday life. The Organization has served hundreds of individuals throughout our 50-year history. Some of those who came to us at a young age and who still call Friendship Community their home, are now aging.
Cathy, however, is an Individual who found a forever home with Friendship Community as an older adult. Cathy came to know Friendship Community by accompanying her sister to some of the many activities offered by our Organization. The care of Cathy became more challenging as the sisters aged. It became increasingly important for Cathy to find her own home with loving caretakers, and Friendship Community was her choice.
The housemates and team members at our Clearview home welcomed Cathy in 2021 with open arms. Cathy found new friends and within no time was beaming because she realized just how much her voice mattered. She quickly began to use her voice to express herself.
Cathy’s joy is reflected in the enclosed photographs. We celebrate the life she has been able to build in the past two years. Together, housemates Cathy, Doreen and Lynn are enjoying her golden years by visiting gardens and beaches, getting their hair and nails done, and enjoying many other community activities – especially eating ice cream. It's because of donors like you that we are able to provide these experiences.
Cathy is the perfect example of ODP’s Everyday Lives initiative. Through encouragement by her housemates and team members, Cathy now advocates on her own behalf – while receiving 24-hour Direct Support Professional care. The Direct Support Professionals are the heartbeat of our Organization and positively impact all 150 individuals.
This is where you come in to make an impact! Friendship Community faces challenges from wage pressures, inflation, higher transportation and other overall costs. To continue to provide the high level of quality care for Cathy and those that we support, we need your help!
Your gift matters because each dollar helps us close that financial gap. Friendship Community is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit and we rely on the generosity of donors like you to continue our daily operations to provide for Individuals like Cathy. Through your gifts, Individuals have a safe environment to be able to find their own voice and reach their full potential. Thank you so much for your support of Friendship Community as we Impact the World with Capabilities!