The Friendship Center
The Friendship Center is a safe, loving, and inclusive community that promotes
the mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing of adults marginalized by poverty
and mental health challenges and of those who come here to volunteer, work, and
Every Tuesday and Thursday, the
Friendship Center provides day services at no charge to nearly 85 participants
– offering transportation, hot and nutritious meals, programs in art and
gardening, recreational activities, and various wellness and recovery programs
such as foot clinics, routine health care monitoring, and yoga classes. Program
hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9AM – 1PM.
Why does Atlanta need the Friendship Center at Holy Comforter Church?
Our mental health infrastructure is broken. Personal care homes are
privately run, sometimes with profit, not care, as the primary objective.
Proper medical treatment is expensive and treatment systems are sometimes
very difficult to navigate. This is not the fault of hospitals, care
providers, or psychiatric professionals, but rather is symptomatic of a society
which all too often ignores those who are different, tells those who are poor
to fend for themselves, and denies the realities of mental
illness. Atlanta needs the Friendship Center because every human being
deserves to live a life of dignity. Every human being needs not only food
and shelter but also community and purpose. A community that includes and
encourages the contributions of everyone also benefits everyone. We can
choose to ignore and marginalize, or we can choose to embrace and include.
All who come to the Friendship Center live richer and more meaningful lives and
become agents of hope and dignity for people who live with mental health
Compassion … that affirms the sacred worth of all people.
Respect … that honors the dignity, freedom, and abilities of each person.
Friendship ... that overcomes barriers and transforms lives.
Joy … that gives rise to laughter, fun, and healing.
THE IMPETUS FOR THE FRIENDSHIP CENTER
In 1997, to address the challenges faced by its members and neighbors with severe mental illness, Holy Comforter opened the Friendship Center. The trigger was a round of reductions in publicy funded day programs for people with mental illness.
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