Friendship House was born in 1957 as an outreach of four downtown churches throwing open their doors to meet the needs of underserved members of our community. Now we are supported by more than 40 local churches, 25 community partners, 15 service clubs, and individuals in our community. Since our inception, Friendship House has enabled thousands of youth and families to move from poverty to prosperity, helping to end the generational poverty so prevalent in our south side neighborhood. We build our community’s future by building our youth and their families as leaders for tomorrow.
Smiles and laughter greet you as you enter The Friendship House. Children are busy on computers, reading books, stacking blocks, solving puzzles, and soaring on the swings! Positive activity is buzzing all around, and you will know you are in a place of growth.
Friendship House has 5 Core Programs:
Preschool (ages 3-5)
Bodies are nourished with 3 healthy meals a day and with daily physical activity and recreation. Their minds are expanded through practicing their A, B, C’s and 1, 2, 3’s through formal instruction and exploratory play.
Youth After School & Summer Enrichment (ages 5-12)
Friendship’s youth programs nurture youth in our out-of-school-time learning environment and foster social and emotional growth to blossom. Our intentionally academic tutoring supports youth’s education while our character building mentors grows children’s maturity for life.
Teens (ages 13-19)
Friendship Café highlights young artists, musicians, poets, and dramatists to perform and perfect their craft with an open-mic. Games in basketball, whiffle ball, dodgeball are made available weekly for teens in the Open Gym. “Teen Away Days” provide opportunities for teens to participate in activities all over Billings like hiking in Zimmerman Park, bowling at Sunset Lane, doing a scavenger hunt at Rose Park, playing Frisbee Golf or visiting Zoo Montana.
Adults Life Skills Education
Classes for adults to grow their life skills include parenting, financial literacy, women’s boot camp, recovery groups, and more.
Counseling (child, adult and family)
Counselors are available every day to work with youth and families struggling with life, dysfunction, transitions, development delays, anything that may be impeding youth’s full potential. Counseling takes place in one-on-one, group, and family settings. Available for enrolled children and families only.