​When the Michigan  Friendship House opened on the campus of Western Theological Seminary, no one quite realized the impact this special home would have on the residents, parents, and the community.

In its first five years of operation, it was documented that residents with disabilities could grow further and faster than even family members imagined.  When initially selecting the friend residents a diagnostic instrument to assess their readiness for independent living was employed.  Today that instrument is no longer applicable—the friends have literally outgrown it. If all that weren’t enough, it turns out that the Friendship House is a sustainable model. Unlike expensive group homes and assisted living facilities, a Friendship House through its rental income, is able to maintain the property and grounds, provide appropriate oversight with a live-in residential director.
From parents of a young woman living in Friendship House Durham...​

"Today is the 2nd anniversary of (our daughter's) “new life”.  She moved into the Friendship House physically, but our entire family 'moved in spiritually.' This significant change in our lives was bold but never a difficult decision.  We knew it would give her a chance to become more independent, but we also knew there was a chance things could go wrong.  What a wonderful, wonderful experience it has been.  Never in our dreams did we think so much love and devotion to 'friendship' could bless our daughter from so many individuals.  God has blessed her with three fantastic roommates who see her as a 'friend ' or even 'sister.'  And God has blessed her with neighbors who want to share her company, not  tolerate or supervise her. She lives on a street where people know her name, pray together, share meals together, have conversations, wave, and spend time with her because they want to! North Street is like a rose on a vine, constantly growing, becoming more beautiful and larger with each passing year." 

Friendship House at Western Seminary