Our Stories

Kempton Presley: “Coming Home”

by Kempton Presley, PharmMD, Board Chair I first visited Friends Life Community about four years ago when I felt myself being drawn in by an event they were hosting on their property. At the time, I had no idea what Friends Life Community represented; yet, the...

Staff Feature: Community Art at Friends Life Community

by Sarah Blosser, M.A., Program Specialist: Teaching Artist, Community Art   In the global scope, Community Art has many facets. It is often defined broadly, and each practitioner facilitates based on the needs of the community they are working with. This...

Spring at a Glance

Spring at a Glance

It's busy season here at Friends Life Community. Our classes and explorations have been in high gear embracing the sunshine as winter turned to spring, and quite a few faces have changed in our community. Here's what we've been up to as winter thawed and spring...

Act 1: Telling Our Stories

Act 1: Telling Our Stories

Theatre is a storied tradition. It’s a forum for artists to express their views and enact change. From Shakespeare’s clear appreciation of the crown to Tennessee Williams’s open representations of the American South, plays provide an opportunity for artists and...

Taking Risks

Taking Risks

In one of our newest classes, our staff members Jenna and Katie are teaching our Friends about different cultures. “Cultures Class” is where our Friends explore new languages, art, food, writing, and traditions from different countries around the world. We launched...

With Grace and Humility: When the Friends Become Teachers

With Grace and Humility: When the Friends Become Teachers

Here at Friends Life Community, a lot of our day programming emphasizes teaching life skills to our Friends—adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A big part of that is teaching them mindful communication: listening and articulating emotions. When we...