Friendship Community

Impacting the World with Capabilities

Friendship Community is celebrating 50 years as a faith-based organization that cultivates the capabilities of Individuals with Intellectual Disability and Autism in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties since 1972. With a thriving arts day program, a home-based services program, and 24 residential homes supporting over 150 Individuals in the two counties, Friendship Community continues its vital work every day to Impact the World with Capabilities.


Friendship Community began its faith-based ministry in 1969 when The Eastern Board of Missions and Charities began researching ways that parents of children with disabilities could receive the support and resources needed. From then on, a committee of six men was formed and for the next three years, they gathered information from families of those with Disabilities in hopes of finding more sufficient ways to support them. It was from their findings, they concluded that a residential program was needed for these Individuals. Once the project was completed in 1972, the East Oregon Road home opened as Friendship Community’s first residential home serving twelve Individuals and two respite beds. Since that moment, Friendship Community has expanded to 24 residential homes and various programs that allow individuals to thrive in their talents and skills.

Announcing the new CEO of Friendship Community!
Dear Friendship Community Family & Friends,
Friendship Community announces, with pleasure, the appointment of our new Chief Executive Officer, Mary Ellen Farber. Mary Ellen will be replacing Gwen Schuit, former Chief Executive Officer, who retired at the end of November 2021. 
Mary Ellen has a heart and passion for serving individuals with disabilities. She comes to Friendship Community after serving as CEO for 12+ years at another faith-based, nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve individuals with intellectual disabilities. 
She has an MBA as well as Doctorate-level coursework in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University. She is a Licensed Personal Care Home Administrator, Assisted Living Administrator and Nursing Home Administrator. She lives with her family in Denver, Pennsylvania. The combination of her education, experience, culture and drive makes her an ideal fit for our Organization for our next stages of growth. It is anticipated that Mary Ellen will officially join Friendship Community on March 22, 2022. 
Abby Morris
Director of Operations
Sherri Colton
Director of Advancement

Join Our Team

If you are looking for an opportunity to not only make a difference in the lives of our Individuals but also a difference in your own life, come join our Friendship team.

We are currently hiring

Direct Support Professionals,
Residential Managers,
Residential Coordinator,
Certified Nursing Assistants,
And more!

Contact Eric Brobst on our Human Resources Team
for more information about employment.
717.656.2466 ext. 1138 or

Annual Irvin C. Enck Memorial Golf Tournament

“Friendship Community is thrilled to announce our Annual Irvin C. Enck Memorial Golf Tournament on September 8, 2022 at Foxchase Golf Club. This event will entail a shot-gun start, a lunch that is included in the registration fee, and a Golf Ball Drop sponsored by Blue Ridge Communications. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase add-ons for themselves and their team as well as raffle tickets for assorted prizes. This Golf Tournament is held in memory of Irvin C. Enck, former Friendship Community Director of Building and Maintenance, who passed away in August 2014. Irvin was an avid golfer and nature enthusiast, as well as an inspirational leader and a faithful supporter of Friendship Community. All proceeds benefit Individuals with Intellectual Disability and Autism. For more information and registration, please visit or contact Calista White at (717) 656-2466 x1155”

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