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Our Friendship Center Family

Heidi Holly

Executive Coach

Kathryn Westland, MPH

Executive Director

Amy West, M.A.

Associate Director

Sophia Davis

Development Director

Kim Larsen

Family Services Manager

Jean Hall

Administrative Lead

Esther Kratz

Program Coordinator


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WHY We Want You to RSVP: The Power of Showing Up

In the realm of providing dignified care for older adults and those living with dementia, every act of support carries profound significance. From the tender moments of companionship to the practical assistance that eases their daily lives, each gesture creates ripples of positive impact. One such obvious, maybe even too obvious, yet crucial way to make a difference is by…

Kathryn Westland to Lead Friendship Center

Written by Cyder Sinclair, Board President of Friendship Center After an extensive search for a candidate to follow beloved leader Heidi Holly, who served for 38 years, Friendship Center Board of Directors is proud to announce its selection of Kathryn Westland. Westland brings extensive experience, focused passion, and innovative vision to her work in the senior care space. She previously served as the Friendship…

We Thank YOU! 24th Annual Festival of Hearts Success and Gratitude

  Every year, Friendship Center raises money for HEART (Helping Elders At Risk Today) to benefit low to moderate income members attending the Center. This year’s theme was Kentucky Derby!   This pre-Valentine’s Day event featured a delectable sit-down lunch, live music by Strada Swing, and the display of works by local “heart-ists.” The live auction featured amazing packages such as an in-town…

Festival of Hearts

Friendship Center to Celebrate it’s 24th Annual Festival of Hearts

Friendship Center is hosting its 24th Annual Festival of Hearts, 12-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort.   The pre-Valentine’s Day event features a sit-down lunch including wine, a no host bar, and live music by Strada Swing, a jazz swing band with a French twist. Participants are urged to dress in their favorite Derby attire —…

Friendship Center Honors Members at Veteran’s Day Celebration

  Friendship Center was proud to honor the veterans we serve with another wonderful celebration on Thursday, November 10th, from 12-1:30pm. Fabulous weather, delicious food and drink, a great emcee, and live singing all added to the joyful occasion. “At Friendship Center we celebrate and honor our Veterans who sacrificed so much for us and our Country.” said Heidi Holly,…

Friendship Center Welcomes Board Members Paloma Espino and Steven Sharpe; Cynder Sinclair is President

by Jean Hall, Administrative Lead Paloma Espino and Steven Sharpe have been elected to the Board of Directors for Friendship Center, and Cynder Sinclair has been elected board president for the 2022-23 term. Paloma Espino is the current administrator for Sarah House, a local nonprofit that provides end-of-life care for community members. She said there are many lessons to be…

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.