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Oregon Dairy’s Community Corn Pickin’ 5K – Saturday, Oct 8, 2022

Oregon Dairy's Community Corn Pickin’ 5K - Saturday, Oct 8, 2022

Our neighbors, Oregon Dairy Market & Restaurant, have graciously added Friendship Community as one of three neighbor non-profit beneficiaries (along with Landis Homes and COBYS Family Services) to their Community Corn Pickin’ 5K - Saturday, Oct 8, 2022.

Please consider running/walking/participating in this event. More info at

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2021 Awards Ceremony!

2021 Awards Ceremony

The Haverstick Award

This award was presented (on the video) by Abby Morris, Director of Operations

This annual award honors Chester and Laura Haverstick’s 3 deceased sons Charlie, David & Glenn, all of whom had disabilities and were served by Friendship Community.

The Haverstick Award recipient is nominated by current Team Members. Recipients are Individuals supported by Friendship Community who have shown tremendous growth in the following areas:

  1. Giving back to the community
  2. Overcoming significant obstacles
  3. Surpassing previous capabilities

This individual moved into Hossler Road awhile back and has continued to overcome numerous obstacles. This Individual has faced various changes throughout her time at Hossler, as her current housemate has gone through some significant health issues. Fortunately, they have recently returned to work at EARS after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to returning to work, they have also continued other activities and outings that they enjoy doing. Though this Individual has gone through ups and downs throughout the past year, she has done so with a smile on her face and a positive outlook on life.

This year's Haverstick Award goes to ... Tracey Weaver! 

Congratulations Tracey!



The Gochnauer Award

This award was presented (on the video) by Abby Morris, Director of Operations

This award honors the legacy of Mahlon Gochnauer, a founding Board Member, who served on the Friendship Community’s Board for over 20 years. Mahlon and his wife, Doris, had a son with disabilities, named Michael.

Nominees for the Gochnauer award must serve as a Direct Support Professional, who exemplifies and encourages spiritual growth, advocates for community inclusion, and enables Individuals to “Impact the World with Their Capabilities”.

This year's Gochnauer Award recipient works at our Westwood home and is known for her kindness, generosity, and willingness to go the extra mile. This recipient goes above and beyond in providing new opportunities for the Individuals, such as, feeding the ducks at the park, going to the planetarium, enjoying the animals at Lake Tibias, providing craft and art opportunities and so much more! She is grounded in her faith and is willing to pray and talk to the Individuals about theirs. This Team Member strives for a safe and secure environment for the Individuals and assists with things when needed with a cheerful and positive attitude.

This year's Gochnauer Award goes to ... Jill Ann Gormley! 

Congratulations Ann!



Irvin Enck Leadership Award

This award was presented (on the video) by Sherri Colton, Director of Advancement.

This award is in loving memory of a thoughtful and wise Director of Facilities here at Friendship Community. Irvin Enck, who passed away in 2014, was an exceptional leader who left a mark on this Organization. The Executive Team awards a leader who has exemplified outstanding leadership over the past year.

This recipient truly showed his leadership skills throughout the last couple years as the Organization went through various changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, him and his team renovated numerous office spaces that ensured safety for all staff. In addition to serving at the offices, him and his team assisted with multiple projects in our homes, such as making sure all of our aging Individuals were provided with the resources and materials needed, providing meals for our homes who were in lockdown due to exposure, and making sure all homes were stocked with necessary PPE items. This recipient leads his team in unity and goes above and beyond for all team members and Individuals and does it with a smile on his face.

This year's Irvin Enck Leadership Award goes to ... Caleb Cunningham! 

Congratulations Caleb!


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R-Phils Ticket Pack Fundraiser for Friendship Community

Buy R-Phils Tickets,
Help Friendship Community!

Help Friendship Community by purchasing an R-Phils fundraising ticket pack! Includes 6 undated general admission tickets to any Reading Fightin Phils regular season home game of your choosing during the 2022 season. Tickets are normally $10 each but are only $6.50 each for you! At least $14 of your ticket book purchase will go to Friendship Community!

Note: On the checkout page, you can list "Friendship Community" as both the organization name and the seller's name.

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Friendship Community 50 Days of Prayer – Devotional Booklet

Friendship Community 50 Days of Prayer - Devotional Booklet

50th Anniversary Commemorative Prayer Booklet

Thank you, God for 50 years!

As Friendship Community celebrates our 50th Anniversary, we want to collectively and individually thank God! Out of that desire, this 50 Days of Prayer - devotional booklet was created to encourage us to take some moments to thank the Lord. We plan to offer a prayer event on the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 5, 2022. We invite you to use these daily prayers and scriptures in the 50 days leading up to that May 5 date, beginning with Day 1 on or before Thursday, March 17.
Thank you and thank God!

Use the links below to access an online version, or request a free paper copy. Thanks for praying with us!

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Welcome to the Friendship Community Blog!

Welcome to the Friendship Community Family!

We want to highlight inspiring stories, helpful resources, event info, and more, that would be of interest to those with a heart for Friendship Community and the mission to “Impact the World with Capabilities”. Hopefully, community members, supporters, team members, and the general public might all find a connection with this vital mission.

If you aren’t familiar with us, Friendship Community is a Christian ministry cultivating capabilities of Individuals with Intellectual Disability and Autism. Our faith-based disability services, including residential services, day programs, and life enrichment opportunities help to Impact the World with Capabilities. Our Team Members provide exceptional care consistent with our values of Relationships, Integrity, Spirituality, Excellence. Partner with us through gifts of prayer, time, and resources and with your help we will Impact the World with Capabilities!

We hope to get to know you better!

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