The Friendship Center

Through the State Arts Board in partnership with Kairos Dance, we are able to present this video about the Friendship Center.

You are never too old to make new friends!
East Side's Adult Day Program, Friendship Center, dedicates itself to providing a safe, compassionate, homelike atmosphere to ensure seniors are given dignity and respect. Our services help seniors remain independent, relieve loneliness, and improve health and quality of life. From past surveys of clients: 88% stated they had better health, 100% expressed happiness for getting out of the house to visit and make new friends.

Friendship Center creates a small and supported community setting designed to encourage socialization while stimulating and challenging the participant, thus making each day meaningful. When acknowledging our health issues, we look beyond toward healthy aging.

Friendship Center’s program enriches one’s life experience, fosters friendships and community. Intergenerational programs address age stereotypes and ageism. 45% age 65 or older live alone with greater potential for loneliness. By attending Friendship Center it will help those who feel isolated. We offer unique opportunities to establish friendships and involve participants in activities outside their home, helping them be all they can be. We are person centered, offering programs important to each client, asking their input toward programs to help them meet their personal goals.

Since 1976, Friendship Center has served people with changes in cognitive and or physical functional capacity due to onset of disease, illness, disability, or just normal aging. Adult day participants remain lifelong learners; rekindle passions, engaging in programs with others as they experience their own aging process with dignity, confidence and enlightenment. The experience of being part of a community with health enhancing activities and wellness is empowering. Professional staff and volunteers build on “their present strengths” to positively influence each person’s aging experience.

Adult day is financially responsible costing less than nursing homes, assisted living, and in-home care. Self pay, a sliding fee, and county funding are available depending on eligibility. 

Our professional staff, volunteers, and participants form a family of people helping people. Friendship Center Adult Day, a program of East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc., is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Engaging the mind, body, and Spirit of adults 55 and beyond. 

Mind & Spirit Programs
  • Health & Nutrition Education
  • Creative Arts & Music
  • Outings & Gardening
  • Entertainment & Guests
  • Sharing Our Stories
  • Building New Friendships
  • Laughter & Camaraderie

Body & Mind Programs

  • Daily Exercise
  • Creative Movement
  • Therapeutic Swimming
  • Tai Ji Quan, Moving for Better Balance
  • Dance
  • A Matter of Balance
November Calendar

What our seniors say about Friendship Center:
  • "A wonderful place filled with kind-hearted people."
  • "I used to sit at home worrying and lonely. Now I have friends to visit and I forget my troubles."
  • "My doctor says I need a program like this."
  • "I didn't know if I would like it. Now I go everyday."
  • "I wouldn't be where I am today without the support of Friendship Center."
  • "I wish we would have known about adult day earlier... for not wanting to come in the beginning, I now need to post a note on the bathroom mirror on Saturday and Sunday saying 'there is no Friendship Center today!'"
  • "Friendship Center is the best place ever."
  • “My family gets to hear about my day and not about all my aches and pains!"
  • “Even though my children are grown I need to continue to feel productive and creative.”

Across from East Side Neighborhood Services:
1717 Second St. NE,
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Contact us for more information!
Phone: (612) 781-2052
Fax: (612) 706-9448

Friendship Center’s own Meagan Kavanaugh is the Winner of
Minnesota Adult Day Services “Volunteer Award 2015”

Meagan began volunteering for Friendship Center at the age of 3. She came dressed in her Christmas outfit with a matching bag to hand out candy canes to the grandmas and grandpas. Since her mom worked in the dementia unit, she frequently came to visit to spend the day. She participated with our seniors in an intergenerational music theater program where they learned to build sets and learned songs written by members of the group under the guidance of a composer and artistic director. On school release days Meagan would visit, play games, make and pass out snack, and exercise along with her elders.  During high school, college, and beyond she continues to volunteer with a group of clients on Thursday morning at the Courage Kenny pool where she swims with the clients and encourages them to do their exercises.

When she can she assists with parties, outings, open houses, bringing in cookies, even Danish Apleskeva as we talk about Denmark, and shows us how to make homemade ice cream. Our clients have enjoyed watching her grow up at Friendship Center and still look forward to her visits.  When not volunteering she works at Presbyterian Homes in the memory care unit and with children in a home day care. She has graciously filled in for staff vacations in a paid position. She is an active volunteer in her church in music ministry playing hand bells (bringing them to Friendship Center to play), singing with the choir, and reading at Mass. Friendship Center is proud to have had Meagan volunteer with us for 26 years! Congratulations Meagan!


Helping individuals, strengthening families, building community
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East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Service Provider
1700 Second Street NE • Minneapolis, MN 55413 • 612-781-6011

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