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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 is also an equal opportunity provider of the Child and Adult Food Care Program.

“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

  • Where Can I Get a Drink around Here? Keeping Ahead of Dehydration

    By Kathryn Cherkas, MPH   Did you know that our brain’s ability to be aware of and respond to thirst decreases as we age? This is an added challenge for caregivers because the one for whom you provide care might not be able to communicate that he or she is

  • The Importance of Activities for Seniors and Jokes

    By Kathryn Cherkas, MPH WHY ARE ACTIVITIES SO IMPORTANT FOR SENIORS? Let’s THINK! Brain stimulating exercises aid in better cognition, reasoning, processing speed, attention span, verbal skills, and working memory. Some of the tools we share through our virtual community verbally & visually, and others are physical, with doorstep deliveries

  • Food For Friends & Take Care Totes: Friendship Center Shifts to Remote Services

    By Justine Sutton for Friendship Center Our Montecito and Goleta sites are home away from home for many seniors with dementia in our local community, providing adult day services with engaging activities, nutritious meals, and compassionate care. With both Centers closed due to COVID-19, we knew we had to do

  • 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

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