Frequently Asked Questions
What is Friendship House?
Friendship House is an ecumenical ministry that enables communities of faith to reach out to Peoria's communities in need. It is a dynamic ministry of Christian caring that seeks resources to help resolve the concerns of socially, spiritually, physically, and economically depressed individuals and families.
Where is Friendship House located?
Friendship House is located in the North end of Peoria at 800 N.E. Madison Street.
When was Friendship House founded?
Friendship House was incorporated in April of 1951.
What are the founding denominations of Friendship House?
American Baptist, United Methodist Church, Disciples of Christ, the Presbytery of Peoria, and the Congregational Christian Conference provided the ecumenical base of support for Friendship House programs which continues today.
What kind of services does Friendship House offer?
Friendship House provides:
- Community Relief Programs: Supportive Services (e.g. Food Pantry, Soup Kitchen, Homeless Prevention services); Children's Educational Programming (After School Program and Summer Camp); RSVP & Civiv (volunteer match programs)
- Community Renewal Programs: Dress for Success Peoria (employment preparation and retention services); Latino Outreach Program (translation & case management services, citizenship preparation and ESL class)
Where does funding for Friendship House come from?
Friendship House funding comes from the Heart of Illinois United Way, churches, individuals, grants and foundations, community support and fundraisers.
What population does Friendship House serve?
Friendship House client population is: 60% African American; 30% Caucasian; 10% Hispanic. Approximately 80% of our service area consists of individuals caring for families with an average income below $13,000.
How can I support this mission?
You or your business can support Friendship House through monetary donations or in-kind donations of clothing in good condition, non-perishable food items, or school supplies.
How can I volunteer at Friendship House?
Ways to volunteer your time at Friendship House: computer lab monitors & instructors, homework helpers, sort clothes/donations for the thrift program, landscaping work, etc. To find out more about volunteer opportunities at Friendship House please call (309-671-5200).