Overheard
"Friendship House is the answer to a prayer that I didn't know how to pray."
-parent of a friend resident

"Life together looks like dancing in the kitchen, tears over cups of tea, helping with chores, and laughter on the porch. It is all the normal, everyday things done with great intentionality and love."
—student resident
 
“We are so thankful for this opportunity.  What a joy it has been to watch our son grow in independence and love of life.”
—parent of a friend resident

​"I often myself caught up in the business of the urgent, putting my friendships and relationships on the back burner, including, if I am honest, with God.  However, when I have committed friends like _______ and _______who keep me accountable in relationship, I am reminded of the importance and witness of being a faithful friend who listens, attends to the needs of the other, and celebrates the small things.  Also, I have become more fully aware of the Spirit's presence through the ministerial posture of holy patience."
—student resident

“I learned it was OK to ask questions, and I love coming home because the friend residents are always so happy to see me.” 
—student resident

“Through Friendship house I’ve discovered a treasure in life and relationship that most people don’t take the time to find.  I would not have sought out these friends on my own—it took a place already set up and people who cared to say, ‘Hey, check this out.’ ”
—student resident 

"Friendship House is an attempt to dismantle the boundaries that are preventing authentic communion with each other. There is a learned vulnerability and unmasking of ourselves in an authentic community. That kind of unmasking in interpersonal relationships teaches us that we can be honest with ourselves and others, and approach God with the parts of ourselves that are vulnerable and wounded."
—student resident

"My child has just blossomed!"
—parent of a friend resident

“Living in Friendship House will break down any prejudices, any preconceived notions that you have about persons with disabilities.”
—student resident 

​"In addition to learning to living honestly, instead of pretending to be superwoman, I am learning about the many strengths of those around me. I don't know that I have ever been so aware of how strong and weak all of us are."
—student resident

“I have experienced unconditional love and acceptance from my friend roommate.  I now understand God’s love in a whole new way.”
—student resident

“You can see the change in the student’s face when she realizes that your daughter is a person in her own right and not just a diagnosis”
—parent of a friend resident

“It’s a great place to live.  There should be more in the world!”
—friend resident

“We have much more in common that I ever would have known!”
—student resident