Staff Visit to the Friendship Home in Norwell

By: Paul Joyce, Client Advisor

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Friendship Home in Norwell MA with my co-worker, Michelle Prall. 

The Friendship Home was founded in 1999 by two local moms who had children with developmental disabilities. The goal of the Friendship Home is to “enrich the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities."

One visit to this wonderful place and you can see that they have achieved and surpassed their goal. They do this by offering a variety of programs for these individuals that foster community involvement.  

Some of the programs are:

  • Friendship Club
  • Bridges to Work
  • Travel Club

Every Wednesday, the Friendship Home opens their doors to the community by offering lunch that is prepared and served by the members on the Bridges to Work program. This particular program helps prepare these outstanding citizens for the opportunity to join the work force. On this particular day we enjoyed a ceasar salad with chicken, broccoli & ziti. The food was delicious, but what was most impressive was the pride and dedication that the members and staff had during the lunch.

On this particular day we were joined by employees from the Rockland Trust Co. and Tedeschi Food Shops.  Both of these local businesses encourage their employees to get involved with the Friendship Home.

Tedeschi’s also employs a number of these individuals. It’s a great partnership.

Peter Tedeschi, president and CEO said it best, “We wouldn’t have it any other way, and they’re great employees. We are proud to have them as part of our work force.” 

It’s amazing what two moms with determination and hard work can do.

 I can’t wait to go back again.