WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Friendship House in West Lafayette is working to expand its community. News 18 stopped by to chat with a board member. She tells how a new activity center led to new apartments.
The activity center, which can accommodate more than 200 people, also offers a large stage area. The community’s existing activity hall only holds about 150 people.
“One thing we needed was a bigger activity center, so that was important to us for our current residents,” Kim Thomas said. Thomas is on the board of Friendship House. “We have 150 units in our existing area and we were sort of expanding that for activities if we wanted families to come.”
Along with the addition of a new activity center, 24 new units have also been added. Thomas said they strive to provide an environment that supports purposeful and active lifestyles.
“The level of activities we do and the interaction we have with the staff here,” Thomas said. “The residents are wonderful, they are friendly and they have fun here.”
There’s a new activity offered every day for the 62+ community, from crafts to karaoke and opportunities to hang out.
“Lunch buddies are once a week,” Thomas said. “We have our transport van that they can sign up for and there’s a specific restaurant they go to. They go there, they pay for their own lunch but it’s a way for them to get out, out of the building, to get out of their apartment and just socialize with other residents.”
There is also a beauty salon, church services, exercise classes, Euchre tournaments, mini grocery store and more offered to the community. Kim said the goal is to provide independent living that promotes residents’ health, safety and happiness.
“When we make decisions as a board, I consider them as if my parents lived here,” Thomas said. “I think if I was a kid with a parent who was maybe in his own house that he had forever and he just couldn’t keep maintaining it, I would wonder if he comes in in the solitude there and wouldn’t it thrive and be more vital if they could be among friends and people would see them every day and interact every day.”
If you know someone you think would be a good fit for Friendship House.
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