Friendship Program, Inc. serves adults that live in the Omaha metro community and have aging or mental health needs. Throughout the Adult Day, Day Rehabilitation, Community Support, and Peer Support Programs our goal is to provide services that maximize a person's ability to live in the community. This is accomplished through the development of living and leisure skills as well as social supports.
Friendship Program, Inc. opened its doors in 1979 with assistance from the Sisters of Mercy. The Adult Day program was the agency's first program and started with four participants. The Adult Day program was opened originally to serve older adults in the North Omaha area. From the very beginning transportation was provided for participants to enable them to attend the program, that today is also available for medical and therapeutic appointments. The program has always had nurses available for health monitoring, assessment, and medication assistance.
As program enrollment grew, the program moved to 60th and Military, renting space from United Catholic Social Services (now Catholic Charities.) Among participants referred to the program, many had a mental health diagnosis. To better meet their needs Day Rehabilitation Services were added in 1985.
In 1994 the agency purchased an old Baker's building on 73rd and Maple. Remodeling the building took about a year. Services were moved to this building in 1995 and the agency continues to operate at this location today.
Community Support Services were added in 2001 for those who need more intensive mental health services. The most recent addition to services was Peer Support. Peer Support is available to participants with a mental health diagnosis who seek the support of someone who has experienced a similar journey.
Throughout the agency's over 37 years of service the program has always worked with participants and their families to develop or maintain the skills and supports that are needed so that they may remain living in the community as independently and successfully as possible.
Comments from a recent satisfaction survey:
Participant comments include:
- "If it wasn't for the program, I wouldn't be here."
-"Miracles happen at Friendship."
-"...it has changed my life, turned my life around."
-"The classes are excellent."
-"...it's a good place to go."
-"Good place that helps people with problems and other things."
-"It helps you feel better about yourself."
-"Friendship has helped me in many ways."
-Friendship "helps build living skills and functioning skills."
-"It's a growth and learning environment."
-"Wonderful nursing, they helped me a lot."
-"Nursing is there for me."
-"The nurses are kind and considerate."
-"I like the nurses. The nurses help me out a lot. I'm glad you guys have nursing assistance."
-"They (nursing) do excellent work for us."
-"Everyone is wonderful and treats me like a human being."
-"Nice place, friendly people & staff, lot of activities."
-"You make lots of friends."
-"...the people that work there know what they're doing."
-"Very helpful in my recovery."
-"My (community support) worker is the best person to come into my life as far as helping me set and
meet goals. She is always here on time. She listens to me no matter what I'm saying. (She) is
honest and also helps me understand my mental illness."
-"...I have a great support worker!"
-"(The worker) helps me gain perspective on my problems."
-"She has given me support when I really needed it."
-"If it wasn't for Community Support I wouldn't be alive today."
-"Helping develop coping skills to help with the outside world."
-"My worker always has the information I need. She always works to the future not the past."
-"When I need something (the worker) is right on top with it."
Families have stated:
-"They have helped my daughter through many tough times."
-"They do a good job helping and support."
-"I appreciate the help she has received. Friendship was probably the only one she trusted and
has always been there."
I would recommend Friendship:
-"because Friendship helps teach you to deal with the outside world."
-"Because it is a great program."
-"Because they've helped me in so many ways it's unbelievable."
-"I belong here."
Friendship Program, Inc. is a community-based agency dedicated to providing quality services for adults with aging and mental health needs. Services are based on our belief that each individual can maximize his or her ability to live independently within the community.