The Friendship Center
**The Friendship Center has just launched its own website. Check out that website here.**
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.
Adults marginalized by poverty and mental illness are an often neglected and unseen population. The majority of Friendship Center participants live in personal care homes which are privately run, sometimes with profit, not care, as the primary objective. Proper treatment, which is essential, is often out of reach due to the expense while adequate treatment systems are difficult to navigate. This is symptomatic of a society that too often denies the dignity, gifts, and talents of those who are different. Every human being needs community and purpose and the Friendship Center facilitates those by providing a place to be and a place to return, by providing an inclusive community where people accept and support one another in their wellbeing and recovery, and by acknowledging the inherent value of each person that exists outside of utility or function.
The Friendship Center is an inclusive community that promotes the mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing of adults marginalized by mental health challenges and by poverty.
* Community: We are an open and accepting community that accepts each other as we are. This is a place to be, and a place to return.
* Wellbeing: We facilitate mutual support in recovery, we help each other to meet our basic needs, and we educate and advocate for our physical health and the health of others.
* The Inherent Value of Each Person: We acknowledge that each person bears inherent value independent of function or utility. To that end we encourage spirituality, friendship, artistic expression, and the dignity of work.
HOW WE ARE ADDRESSING THIS CHALLENGE AND FULFILLING THIS MISSION
The Friendship Center is a transformative recovery community directed by its community members. The Friendship Center is a community of mutuality in which we strive to create a mentality of ‘us together’ instead of the mentality of ‘those who provide’ and‘those who receive’.
PROGRAMS OFFERED BY THIS COMMUNITY
The Friendship Center offers program days on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am – 1pm. We serve 85 participants per program day. Most live in poverty with severe and chronic mental illness. Many have a secondary diagnosis of developmental disabilities, autism, or addictive disorders. Our community is located in Southeast Metro Atlanta. Our demographics are roughly half Caucasian, half African-American; half male, half female; and most often between the ages of 25 and 65. Nearly 30% of our community is either chronically or episodically homeless.
Our major areas of programming are Greenhouse and Gardening, Wellness and Recovery, Art, and Food. You can read more about those programs here.
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