Now 16 years old, The Friendship Center’s onsite shelter facility continues to provide services to hundreds of people every year, including more than 6,300 nights of safe shelter in 2022.
As with any property, there comes a time when we need to address the wear and tear that comes with years of use. We’ve been able to do that this fall thanks to funding from a Lowe’s Hometowns grant.
We are so grateful to our Helena Lowe’s store for nominating The Friendship Center for this program that helped us bring new interior paint and flooring to our facility. In addition to the funding, Lowe’s employees participate in Red Vest Days, volunteering their time to help grantees complete the project.
Our 13-room onsite shelter includes two communal living areas that encompass a living room, dining room, kitchen, and pantry on each floor, six bathrooms, and a laundry room. TFC’s administrative offices are attached to our shelter and also got a facelift as part of the project, which was completed in mid-November.
Ours was one of 100 projects selected for funding from 94 communities across 41 states and Washington, DC.
Along with our Helena Lowe's store, The Friendship Center extends a special thanks to Elizabeth Gordon Design for interior design consultation on our interior painting and flooring project!
Before & After
First row, left to right: Shelter common area, laundry room, and TFC staff conference room before flooring and painting project. Second, left to right: Same rooms following project completion!