A happy, smiling woman holding a teddy bear with a happy toddler, who is smiling and looking at another smiling woman, who is wearing scrubs and has a stethoscope.

Our History

Inspired by one woman in need back in 1871, the mission and legacy of Friendship House has lived on ever since. We strive to provide care for the whole person, not just the immediate physical or psychological needs.

Meet the Team

The wonderful people that help make miracles happen daily at Friendship House.

Commitment to Diversity

We actively seek suppliers who are small businesses that bring a value-added service to the organization. Small business vendors, including disadvantaged-owned, minority-owned, disabled-owned, and women-owned, provide goods and services that are a vital part of Friendship House fulfilling its mission. We welcome vendors with the goods, services, and expertise that best match our company’s needs.

As an organization that serves children, adolescents, and adults of all races who have emotional and/or behavioral difficulties, and/or have autism, and/or are traumatized by loss, abuse, or neglect, Friendship House understands the importance of social justice. We stand in solidarity with all who speak out against injustice and we support our communities’ peaceful efforts to encourage positive change for the lives and livelihood of Black Americans everywhere.

“I refuse to accept the view… that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Board of Directors

Chair: The Honorable Thomas M. Blewitt
Immediate Past Chair: Daniel Santaniello
Chair-Elect: Brian Walsh
Secretary: Gretchen Van Dyke, Ph.D.
Treasurer: Laurie Cadden

  • Brenda Bistocchi
  • Albert N. Dorunda
  • John Appleton, Esq.
  • Francis E. (Ted) Crowley (1984 – Life Member)
  • Joseph Hollander
  • John Kearney
  • Jeff Kelly, PE
  • Michael Kelly
  • Evie Rafalko McNulty
  • Deborah Moran Peterson
  • Elaine Shepard
  • Joseph Tomko
  • C. Randolph Williams
  • Thom Welby

Service Area

  • Bradford
  • Lackawanna
  • Lycoming
  • Pike
  • Schuylkill
  • Sullivan
  • Susquehanna
  • Wayne
  • Wyoming
  • Montgomery