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.”
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.
A Safe and Secure Environment
Engagement and Social Opportunities in our Community
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 County
Authors: Kathryn Cherkas, MIPH, is Program Manager at Friendship Center Montecito, where she coordinates the project; Stuart Greenbaum is director of the WISE UP On Aging initiative and a Governor’s appointed to the California Commission on Aging. Who better to judge whether art accurately imitates life than those with plenty
By Kathryn Cherkas, MIPH Program Manager, Friendship Center Montecito With humans all so different, eldercare is not a one-size-fits-all kind of business. What works for one person may not for someone else, and an approach that worked before may even be offensive to another. There are many considerations in caring
By Kathryn Cherkas, MIPH Program Manager, Friendship Center Montecito If you are caring for someone with memory loss, you have surely made changes in your household as you embrace this new reality. And as we all know change is the only constant in life, more are sure to come. When
Program Manager and proud aunt Kathryn enjoys sharing her nephew with Friendship Center members when he comes to visit! By Kathryn Cherkas Program Manager, Friendship Center Montecito When groups of young people visit Friendship Center, be they children or teenage students, I gather them for a little “pep talk” in the
Dear Friends, When you hear “father,” do you think of taking in 20 foster children over 25 years, many of them teenagers? … adopting seven of them in addition to three biological children of their own? How about putting them all through college? Ben*, 85, a member at our Montecito