Friendship Village returns to founding mission.
By Beth Langefels
Friendship Village, located on Denlinger Road in Dayton, began in 1972 as a nonprofit community lead by several local pastors and community leaders. Over the years, the facility has grown and shifted to a for-profit business, but the mission has remained the same.
“The original concept was to create a place where seniors could go to live as their needs for care increased,” says Brian Gibboney, executive director of Friendship Village Dayton. “There are other Friendship Villages throughout the country, but each is unique to its own market.”
Gibboney, who has more than 17 years of experience in the senior care industry and has worked in facilities in Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati, has been in his position at Friendship Village for a year. The facility offers independent and assisted living, as well as long-term and post-acute care.
“We have been renovating our cottages and buildings,” Gibboney says. “Everything is being upgraded, from kitchens to bathrooms to living spaces.”
Since the first building was built and opened in the ’70s, Friendship Village has been steadily adding to its community footprint. The latest building—a state-of-the-art rehabilitation center, was opened in 2012.
“One of the things that I think makes us unique is our homemaker services,” Gibboney says. “It has always been our goal to keep people living in their apartments or cottages and to help them remain independent.”
This service helps meet the non-medical needs of residents, including home maintenance, cleaning and food preparation. The idea is to bring the services to the residents and to work with family members to ensure residents can live where they wish.
In 2007 the Friendship Village board decided to sell the community for the first time to a for-profit corporation. “Recently the decision has been made to move Friendship Village back to a nonprofit organization,” Gibboney says. “This should be final by the end of the year.”
Friendship Village will be owned by the Trousdale Foundation, a Tennessee-based company that also owns several other senior communities.
“I see this move as very positive for Friendship village, the residents and staff,” Gibboney says. “In nonprofits the motive is mission and I think this will return Friendship Village to its roots.”
With more than 400 residents, including two who were involved in the founding, Friendship Village continues to ensure the highest possible level of independence, dignity, respect and care for all as they have done for decades.
Residents pay monthly rental fees and there is no large endowment required. Most of the residents are age 55 and above.
“It’s easy to move in and easy to move out if you need to,” Gibboney says. “We offer a full range of activities and events as well, including holiday activities, college classes and games.”
Gibboney says the public is invited to the facility’s coffee shop and for a tour of the facility at any time. In addition, nonresidents and residents use the rehabilitation center.
“We have 35 beds available for rehab and two local hospitals are among our biggest referral sources,” Gibboney says. “We also have a 127-bed long-term care facility available.”