Friends House History

Our Story of Affordable Care in Sandy Spring, MD

In 1967, in the small unincorporated community of Sandy Spring, Maryland, members from the Religious Society of Friends opened the neighborhood’s first – and only – home for seniors. Stressing the importance of affordability for every older adult in their community, Friends House provided low- to moderate-income seniors the opportunity to live simply, peacefully and well in the care of professionals while still participating in the greater community.

By the end of its first year of operation, Friends House was already thriving, with a beauty parlor, a hobby room and a minibus for handy transport. Friends House saw to it that the seniors they served had entertainment almost every evening, and there was singing every week. By January of 1968, there were already very few vacancies in the first 100 apartments.

Since those early days, the leadership, team members and residents of Friends House have dedicated themselves to serving and caring for more seniors in their community and beyond. Over the past 55 years, more than 30 cottages for independent living were added and higher levels of care — Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing — were developed to provide residents with a full continuum of residential and care options..

As a trusted member of the Sandy Spring community, Friends House also serves as a senior resource, providing information and partnerships with other health care, not-for-profit, creative and educational local entities.

Today, we look forward to expansion plans that will allow us to serve more seniors while incorporating eco-friendly designs and building methods to better integrate our community with the natural ecosystem

Homes On Quaker Lane

Homes on Quaker Lane is an important part of our history at Friends House Retirement Community. Although we are a separate entity, we continue to serve the senior population with the same dedication and passion. Residents of Homes on Quaker Lane have access to the arts and crafts center, computer lab, fitness center, and our community room. The building is located on campus and a short enclosed walk away from the Friends House Bistro and Gym. Homes on Quaker Lane is operated by Homes for America and Humphrey Management.

Homes on Quaker Lanes

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