Friendship House

Our mission is to do the work of Jesus Christ, providing relief, respect, and renewal to Peoria's most vulnerable individuals and families.  Through the simple gesture of a free meal, a clean shirt, or a safe place to learn, Friendship House offers the hope of a new start to the least, the last, and the lost.

Friendship House began in 1951 as an ecumenical effort by the American Baptist Church and the local Council of Churches.  At present, we are supported by the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, the Disciples of Christ, the Presbytery of Peoria, the American Baptist Church and many other denominations. 

Friendship House is proud to be 1 of 17 Neighborhood Action Programs (of the American Baptist Church) located throughout the country.  Friendship House is also a Heart of Illinois United Way Partner Agency.

Friendship House helps approximately 10,000 men, women and children to better their lives and break the cycle of poverty through our five areas of ministry: 

  • Dress for Success Peoria is one of over 110 affiliates of Dress for Success Worldwide.  The mission of Dress for Success Peoria is to promote economic independence of disadvantage women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
  • Children’s Education Program, both after school and summer day camp, give children a safe, structured place to improve school achievement, eat nutritious meals and snacks and take field trips into the larger community, outside their high risk neighborhoods.
  • RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is one of over 730 similar type volunteer programs throughout the US. The mission of RSVP is to help strengthen the communities in which we serve by fostering greater civic engagement for citizens aged 55 and older by providing meaningful opportunities for volunteering. 
  • Latino Outreach Program offers a comprehensive set of services (translations, education, community presentations) designed to help immigrants become productive, tax-paying, self-reliant members of American society.
  •  Community Support Program provides a comprehensive set of homeless prevention services (rental/utility assistance, food pantry, soup kitchen, well baby needs, personal hygiene needs, pet food, etc). 
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