The concept of Friendship House was first established in Holland, Michigan on the campus of Western Theological Seminary. The ServiceSource North Carolina Regional Office, in partnership with Highland Presbyterian Church, replicated this model to establish Friendship House in Fayetteville, North Carolina–the fifth Friendship House in the world!
Friendship House Fayetteville works alongside young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to provide intentional, transitional living. At its core, this faith-based community is rooted in table fellowship expressed through a daily rhythm of eating, praying and celebrating together.
Friendship House Fayetteville is an intentional living community that provides affordable, integrated housing for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), college students and young professionals.
Three homes will be constructed, each with two apartment suites. In each apartment suite, three students and young professionals live with one “friend resident.”Friend residents are young adults with I/DD who have lived at home with family supports.As a gateway to independent living, friend residents are expected to have part-time jobs and care for themselves.Residents live as roommates and friends. This model of inclusive living brings education and awareness to both the students and young professionals and friends.Students and young professionals will gain compassion in how they care for patients.Friends are empowered and gain independent living skills.
With funding generated from community donors, Friendship House Fayetteville consists of three community apartments built on leased property from Highland Presbyterian Church. Each home has two levels, with each level having four single bedrooms, a shared common area and a kitchen.
The ServiceSource Foundation led the capital campaign to raise $1.3 million to build Friendship House in Fayetteville. ServiceSource Inc., a leading non-profit that offers employment, housing and other supports to individuals with disabilities, is providing operational support.
Thank you to our community for the generous support. You all have helped make Friendship House Fayetteville a reality.