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Friendship Center is temporarily closed to the public but we are continuing to offer live activities via Zoom and Facebook. Please visit our Virtual Activities page to learn more! 


Friendship Center is a fully licensed non-profit adult day services program providing professional, compassionate, affordable care at two sites – Montecito and Goleta.

“Friendship Center has been my lifesaver and has greatly enriched my mother’s life. The staff has become our extended family and friends.”
– Caregiver

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.
Friendship Center will be known as an innovative leader in aging adult services, an effective community partner, and a champion for our clients and families when they need us.
Core Values:
A Safe and Secure Environment
Engagement and Social Opportunities in our Community
Compassionate Team
Respect for the History and Lives of our Members
Friendship Center is honored to be a longtime recipient of funding from United Way of Santa Barbara CountyUW logo

Latest News

  • Bringing Joy to the NOW!

    By Kathryn Cherkas Program Manager, Friendship Center Montecito “We may not remember the past or be sure of the future, but we can cherish this bright and shining moment.” ~Anonymous A few years ago a Program team member told me her favorite part of working with our members was “bringing

  • The Importance of Caregiver Care

    By Naomi Edwards, Program Specialist Friendship Center Montecito One of the most rewarding, yet challenging, jobs in the world is caregiver. Some choose this path, while for others it is chosen for them. When a sudden accident, terminal illness, or other life-altering event strikes, members of the affected person’s care

  • New Hope for the New Year—Legislation on Alzheimer’s Disease

    In 2010, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) rose to the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and the fourth leading cause in California alone. While this data, provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), brought on fears of the future, the last decade

  • The Best Present is Your Presence–Navigating the Holiday Season as a Caregiver

    By Kathryn Cherkas, MIPH Program Manager, Friendship Center Montecito The holiday season can be a joyous time of year where families get together and celebrate. However, as a caregiver, it can also be a stressful time, full of schedule changes, parties, and relatives coming and going. There are lots of

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