Pixel Tracker

Wednesday, December 12 , 2018, 9:07 pm | Fair 48º


Friendship Center Fees Covered for Qualified Veterans

Friendship Center has announced its services and programs are recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs and qualified veterans can attend the center's day program five days per week with fees fully covered.

Click to view larger

Friendship Center staff can provide assistance with the application process.

“Friendship Center wants the veteran community, their families and caregivers to become aware of this unique offering for the men and women who have served our country,” said Heidi Holly, executive director.

“We know the caregivers of veterans have played special roles in their lives and welcome the chance to support them as well,” she said.

In addition to the regular day program, a variety of daily activities and weekly workshops are available to members, including Connections and monthly Veterans Support Groups.

Connections, an ongoing weekly class focused on brain fitness, is designed to help those in early stages of memory loss to retain cognitive skills, including memory, logic, language and math skills.

Friendship Center’s Veterans Support Group provides a comfortable, empathetic and supportive environment where veterans can express their thoughts and feelings about military experiences, and learn or reinforce coping skills.

Facilitated by Carol Metcalf-Roth, military family life counselor, the group is open to all veterans and takes place 2-3:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month at the Montecito Center.

Friendship Center is licensed by Community Care Licensing as a social model adult day services center.

Its goal is to maximize quality of life by providing social contact, activities, nourishing meals, and supervision for those who attend their program, and respite, support and education for their family caregivers.

The mentally and socially stimulating setting can play a huge role in alleviating participants’ depression, anxiety and PTSD, as well as symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

Respite for family caregivers is key to prevent burnout and avoid elder neglect or abuse.

Friendship Center started as a pilot program of Community Action Commission in 1976 at Friendship Baptist Church.

It moved to its current Montecito location on the grounds of All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1979. The Goleta Center opened in 2011.

For more information, contact Friendship Center, 969-0859 or visit www.FriendshipCenterSB.org.

— Chris Davis for Friendship Center.


Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.