Message From The Director

Because of you, Friendly House continues to serve kids under pressure, kids who need safe and constructive activities, and kids whose lives benefit from steady support. Every number we generate, every child who gets a better grade card, every kid who eats a balanced meal, happens because of YOU, the people who support Friendly House.  We have completed another successful year as we celebrate 126 years serving Richland County with the past 71 years being from our current Mulberry Street location.

A lot of exciting things have and are happening here at the community center as well as at Happy Hollow and Hidden Hollow Camps.  One of the largest projects in years is our new parking lots. We now have 51 parking spaces across the street and additional green space that will be developed this spring. In addition, 20 new parking spaces were added next to the south side of Friendly House.  The parking lot project was made possible by anonymous donors. We have constructed two new cabins at Happy Hollow and are looking to add additional cabins at Hidden Hollow.  You may also see the new Friendly House Mini Bus traveling around town picking up students from school and bringing them back to the community center thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield Signature Project, Warren Rupp and everyone that donated to the Coolest Dog and Purr-fect Cat contest.

As our facilities age, we are always trying to find ways to make improvements while keeping the cost as low as possible and 2020 is no exception.  Here at the community center we need to upgrade our restrooms and windows. At Hidden Hollow we continue to raise funds for the Second Exit Project, and to make repairs to the drive way. At Happy Hollow we hope to expand the parking lot and install a back-up generator. We have accomplished so much over the past 12 years and without the caring people of our community it would not have been possible.

Thank You for your continuing support and your kind donations. We thank each and every one of YOU, for making Friendly House a positive place where good things happen… because of YOU.

Terry L. Conard
Executive Director

To learn additional information check out Mr. Terry discussing Friendly House and our connection to United Way of Richland County: