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Mission Statement

Friends Association strengthens our community by providing programs and services that prevent homelessness and promote the independence of families with children.


Friends Association helps homeless or near homeless families stabilize their lives and find or maintain permanent housing. For an impoverished family, an unexpected expense or a decrease in income can result in eviction and homelessness. Through our Emergency Family Shelter and Homeless Prevention Programs we address the needs of a wide range of families, from those who have become homeless to those who only need rental assistance for a limited time.

Our work focuses on families with children, who are the unintended victims of homelessness. Homeless children get sick and go hungry twice as often as other children. They are more prone to depression and anxiety and less likely to do well in school. We help these children and their families cope with the complex problems they face while we guide families to find permanent, affordable housing.

Emergency Family Shelter
Our Shelter program combines a private, safe setting and basic necessities with effective, individualized case management services for homeless families with children. We strive to keep parents and children together as they work toward becoming stable and productive in their homes, jobs, and schools.

Homeless Prevention Program
We help families with children find or maintain safe, permanent housing. Our program balances strong case management services with financial assistance, when needed, for families coming from a shelter or those facing eviction. Our goal is to help families become independent within 12 to 18 months.


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