Friends House


Make a Resolution! Begin the new year with new friends

New Year brings with it the excitement of all kinds of possibilities! When you clinked glasses, shared a kiss and cheered as the clock struck midnight, what did you hope for? Remember: The confetti was falling; the kazoos were blowing; the neighborhood was alight with festive partygoers ringing in the holiday together. As the familiar tune of “Auld Lang Sign” began, what were some of the things you wanted 2023 to bring?

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Friends House: Warming Seniors’ Hearts this Holiday Season.

Holiday time is here – bring on the cheer! From the holiday tree lighting to numerous holiday get-togethers, and the delicious aroma of freshly baked cookies filling the air outside the Bistro, the holiday season brings joy to our hearts at Friends House!

Whether our residents are lighting their menorahs, sipping eggnog, planning their Kwanzaa Karamu, or simply looking ahead toward the new year, the Friends House community is spreading joy – now and all year long. Moving from a long-term, family home into senior living can be an adjustment, we know, especially during the holidays. That’s why we work so hard to sustain our community as a warm and welcoming home for seniors. Here’s what sets Friends House apart:

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Celebrating the Reasons We’re Thankful.

Tis the season for turkey, traditions, and most importantly, thanks – Thanks for the time spent with family and friends, thanks for health and happiness, thanks for a wonderful staff and great residents, and thanks for selfless volunteers who have shared hundreds of hours at Friends House. Finally, we’re thankful for you: our loyal supporters.


Friends Helping Friends.

Friends House was first established with the intention of providing affordable homes and health care options for low- to moderate-income seniors. For more than 55 years, we’ve tirelessly worked to create a modestly-priced, inclusive community. While we offer a variety of living and care options for every budget, occasionally residents still need a little help from friends.

With the support of amazing people like you, Friends House has been able to make a difference for many seniors who live here. Sometimes savings and pensions fall short of the costs of care, which is why the donations we receive are so important to us. The costs with which residents occasionally need help are crucial to their health and quality of life, but many of these charges are not covered by insurance or government assistance. In the past year alone, Friends House has provided more than a million dollars in otherwise uncompensated care and services. We hope no one at Friends House will ever need to consider doing without the services they need to enjoy life in this community.

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Living the Mission: Building A Sustainable Community.

At Friends House, we’re passionate about building a community through caring – caring for our residents, our employees, and our world. Built on the Quaker values we affectionately refer to as SPICES, one of our essential founding principles is sustainability. While we’ve been committed to environmentally conscientious living from the very start, Friends House continues to incorporate eco-friendly strategies as we grow toward the future. Not only does a green approach to retirement living help the world around us – it contributes to happier and healthier lives for our residents. Continue reading…

Life Among Friends – More Than 55 Years of Friends House.

Originally founded by Quakers (Religious Society of Friends), Friends House Retirement Community, Inc. was first established with the intention of providing affordable homes for low- to moderate-income seniors. Growing on that philosophy, we’ve welcomed older adults of every race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, and religious affiliation to our progressive Life Plan Community/CCRC since our inception in 1967. So, what have we learned over the last 55 years of service and how does Friends House stand out among the rest? Keep reading to find out!

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Summer 2021 Newsletter

News from Friends House: Summer 2021 Newsletter

Friends House Summer 2021 Newsletter
Friends House Summer 2021 Newsletter

Baltimore, MD—
Today, Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Secretary Dennis R. Schrader was at Friends House Retirement Community in Sandy Spring, Montgomery County, as he continues to visit vaccination clinics across the state.

“It was important to have seen today’s vaccination activities at Friends House Retirement Community up close and personal as we continue to vaccinate our older adult population throughout the state,” said Maryland Department of Health Secretary Dennis R. Schrader. “It is these direct partnerships that are part of our ground game that is enabling congregate care settings to get even closer to breathing a sigh of relief in the face of this pandemic.”

Secretary Schrader visited Friends House Retirement Community for the senior assisted living facility’s third vaccination clinic. In partnership with the Maryland Department of Health, Friends House has vaccinated 320 residents and staff.

Vaccinating Maryland’s 65+ population remains a top priority. To date, Maryland has fully vaccinated 73.3 percent of residents 65 and older and 83.9 percent of residents 65 and older have received at least one dose.

Secretary Schrader, Dr. Melissa Welch, DNP, FNP-BC, MDH Director of Community and Facility Initiative, and Mr. Philip Burkhold, Chief Executive Officer, Friends House Retirement Community.

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The Friends House Board is delighted to announce that Philip L. Burkholder has agreed to be the next CEO of Friends House Retirement Community. As many of you know from meeting and talking with him, he has much experience in the field, having most recently been the Executive Director of ACTs Retirement-Life Plan Communities Fairhaven in Sykesville, Maryland since February, 2018. He has also served as the CEO of United Zion Retirement Community in Lititz, Pennsylvania, and the Executive Director of Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford, Pennsylvania, among other positions. Phil will officially start as CEO at Friends House on November 16th, 2020, and before then, will be communicating with Ron Jennette, the Interim CEO, and others at Friends House to learn as much as he can before he begins. We welcome Philip to Friends House and are looking forward to working with him. He and his wife hope to stay temporarily in one of the cottages at Friends House while they look for permanent housing, and we know everyone will welcome them and enjoy getting to know them.

Ramona Buck
Clerk, Friends House Board

A Time to Listen and Engage

A letter from our CEO reflecting on the events from this past week.
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At this time, based on federal guidance, indoor visits are permitted into our community Health Care Centers. 

The well-being of our residents and staff is always a top priority at Friends House Retirement Community. Friends House has long been prepared for these types of events, not just with its own policies, procedures and flexibility to adapt — but also through its communications with other local health systems as well as the CDC and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Our focus is on infection prevention and control. Please follow these well-advised guidelines:

Do not visit if you have:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion
  • Gastro-intestinal symptoms
  • A feeling of illness, such as cold or flu onset

We greatly value and appreciate the opportunity to serve those entrusted to our care, and we do so with competent, caring and compassionate staff who seek to make a positive difference in the lives of those we serve.

Thank you for your support and understanding. 

Click on the green bar below for visitor requirements and on link(s) below that for community updates.

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2022 Updates

October 21, 2022 Update

October 12, 2022 Update

October 7, 2022 Update

September 30, 2022 Update

September 23, 2022 Update and Meet & Greet

September 16, 2022 Update

September 9, 2022 Update

September 1, 2022 Update

August 26, 2022 Update

August 11, 2022 Update

August 4, 2022 Update

July 29, 2022 Update

July 20, 2022 Update

July 19, 2022 Update

July 15, 2022 Update

July 14, 2022 Update

May 23, 2022 Update

May 5, 2022 Update

April 1, 2022 Update

February 11 2022 Update

January 25 2022 Update

January 18 2022 Update

January 11 2022 Update

2021 Updates

December 31 Update

December 29 Update

December 24 Update

December 21 Update

November 18 Update

November 10 Update

October 28 Update

October 26 Update

October 8 Update

September 28 Update

September 10 Update

September 3 Update

August 27 Update

August 20 Update

August 11 Update

August 6 Update

July 30 Update

July 23 Update

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June 16 Update

June 10 Update

June 2 Update

May 25 Update

May 11 Update

May 5 Update

April 29 Update

April 23 Update

April 16 Update

April 14 Update

April 02 Update

March 15 Update-Visitation

March 10 Update

February 24 Update

February 11 Update

January 28 Update

January 27 Update

January 15 Update

January 9 Update

January 8 Update

January 4 Update

2020 Updates

December 22 Update

December 18 Update

December 16 Update

December 15 Update

December 14 Update

December 11 Update

December 9 Update

December 5 Update

December 2 Update

December 1 Update

November 28 Update

November 26 Update

November 25 Update

November 24 Update

November 20 Update

November 19 Update

November 18 Update

October 21 Update

October 15 Update

Indoor Visitation

October 2 Update

September 18 Update

Outdoor Visits

September 4 Update

August 20 Update

August 13 Update

August 7 Update

August 5 Update


COVID-19 Information Sheet(s)

How to Protect yourself                                               Prevent  the Spread

What you should Know                                                Stop the Spread

Maryland Department of Aging 

The Maryland Department of Aging has great informational videos, 30 Second PSAs, downloadable resources and a button to register for the Senior Call Check In program. 

For more information on COVID-19 from the Maryland Department of Aging click here