About the Friendly Home

Our History

In 1849, a group of benevolent women formed the "Rochester Society for the Relief of Friendless and Homeless Females." As the Society grew, an old tavern was purchased on the corner of East Avenue and Alexander Street in downtown Rochester for its new location. The Society was then incorporated under the name "The Rochester Home for the Friendless."

As the mission of the organization evolved and the need for services increased, the Home moved to its current location at 3156 East Avenue in Brighton, and became known as "The Rochester Friendly Home." Later, the name changed to simply "the Friendly Home," as it is known today.

Although our name has changed over the years, the sentiments and philosophy that first inspired the original Society have remained constant. From an organization that sheltered homeless women to an organization that is committed to providing a continuum of care to older adults, the Friendly Home has always been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of those we serve. Click here to read a brief overview of the Friendly Home's rich history:



Mission Statement

The Friendly Home provides nursing care, rehabilitation and related services that enhance the quality of life for older adults, and is committed to being the provider and employer of choice, continuing a tradition of not-for-profit service to the community.