How Our Values & Commitments Shape Senior Living in Our Community
Since our inception in 1967, Friends House has been devoted to its founding Quaker values and to the belief that individuals as well as communities can put love, truth, and peace into action in their own lives and the lives of those around them.
To that end, we are committed to the following expressions of these virtues, which we know as testimonies:
Peace and Nonviolence
Stewardship and Sustainability
The Friends House community is, dedicated to living in concert with SPICES. Guided by these principles, we hope to challenge some conventional and complacent ways of living, hoping to build a better, more peaceful society that loves and cares for our neighborhoods, our co-workers, our elders, and their families.
Furthermore, in the spirit of Quaker roots and history – which reveals Quakers as early abolitionists, suffragists, and advocates for the underserved such as the poor or incarcerated – Friends House is devoted to being accessible, inclusive and welcoming to seniors of all different backgrounds, abilities and stories. Friends House Retirement Community does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability or familial status.
As a testament to our inclusivity and our commitment to local advocacy, Friends House offers many opportunities for residents and friends of our community to volunteer, counsel, or to give or receive aid.
Our Duty to Environmental Sustainability
Friends House hopes to leave a better world for future generations. The Friend House management – as well as its residents and their families – are dedicated to good stewardship of our home, land, and planet. From our two-acre organic garden to our ecologically aware. efficient and sustainable designs, we build with the goal of reaching out more effectively to seniors everywhere as well as increasing the green space and preserving the pastoral spirit of our campus.
Friends House goes above and beyond Montgomery County’s requirements for energy efficiency and applies best practices for sustainability in design and construction, using guidance from LEED for Homes. Whether we’re re-optimizing our plumbing for best water efficiency or caring for our on-campus walking trails and landscapes, we are actively pursuing eco-friendly goals and modeling eco-wise behaviors in everything we do.
We build our community using top-of-the-line materials, R45 room insulation and high-efficiency lighting, appliances, heating and cooling. Smart growth principles and intelligent land use guide our future designs.
Friends House is home to woodland trails, a tranquil pond, collective gardens and all sorts of greenery and plant life. By using indigenous flora in our landscaping, we reduce water usage and minimize our impact on the larger ecosystem.
We’re a “green-collar” workplace, and our eco-conscious operations and maintenance attracts staff and residents who are motivated by natural preservation and climate-smart action. Together, we are constantly improving.
Compliance & Ethics at Friends House
A proud member of the Friends Services Alliance (FSA), we are committed to being in compliance with all rules and regulations governing our industry.
See how our expansion will balance and merge the ecological health of our campus and the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of our residents and staff.
For additional information or if you need to report any concerns, please contact our Human Resources Director and Compliance Official, Elizabeth Nicely, at (301) 924-7535 or use our 24-hour hotline at 1 (800) 211-2713 to report anonymously.