Our Mission

Friendly House creates a thriving community by connecting people of all ages and backgrounds through quality educational, recreational and other life-sustaining services.

Our Vision

Friendly House, a 21st century settlement house, engages people to create a compassionate, equitable and inclusive society.

What is a settlement house?

Settlement houses were first established in the late 19th century in poor urban areas with a goal of establishing an interdependent community. Volunteer middle or upper-class settlement workers lived in these houses, hoping to share knowledge and culture while working to alleviate poverty in low-income neighborhoods. One goal of settlement houses was to remain nimble and responsive to the needs of an ever-changing neighborhood—a goal we continue to fulfill to this day.

Our Values

Personal Development

We believe that each individual deserves opportunities for personal growth and enrichment.


Our principles are guided by honesty and respect. We are dedicated to fairness, professionalism and fiscal responsibility in all that we do.


We recognize the worth and dignity of each individual. We support and advocate for each other, our clients and community members.


We create an equitable and inclusive community. We challenge systems and behaviors that diminish humanity, and we celebrate cultural, economic and ideological diversity.


People can count on us to provide a safe environment, competent staff and effective, high-quality programs.


We are enthusiastic, proactive and innovative. We continually strive for success by supporting and inspiring each other to excel.

Our Programs

Children’s Programs

A safe nurturing environment for children 3-5 years.

After School
Affordable care for school-age children.

Summer & Winter Camps
Day camps with field trips for school-age children.


Community Services

Senior Services
Strengths-based services helping older adults live independently through information & referral, advocacy, and case management services.

Elder Pride Services
Services, advocacy, community support and activities for LGBT older adults.

Community Center
Community Nights, rentals, fitness, lifelong learning and other classes for the community.

More Friendly House Info

For more info, feel free to check out our most recent 990 Tax Return.

City of Portland Sustainability at Work Silver Ceritifcation Badge 2018–2021


Friendly House is proud to be silver-level certified by the City of Portland’s Sustainability at Work program. We are always looking for ways to reduce our impact on the planet and make this a better world for all of us.

America's Best Local Charities seal


The America’s Best Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to charitable organizations that meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness.