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The Friendship House offers people with mental illness an opportunity to socialize in a setting that is not treatment-oriented while offering the opportunity for learning and problem-solving to occur with the assistance of staff or members. The program was created in 1981 in response to the needs of the people of Woodbury County. Since that time, the Friendship House has authorized membership to more than 1000 people. Approximately 140 different members use the Friendship House each month, with an average of 40 members visiting each day.

Open Monday-Friday 9:30-4:30


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Friendship House was created in 1981 by The Parents Group (now NAMI Siouxland) along with individuals who belonged to a socialization group conducted by Siouxland Mental Health Center. Together these groups built the idea of Friendship House as a safe and enjoyable place for individuals to socialize and interact with peers. Friendship House was created to be a place where people could socialize in a non-treatment-oriented setting while offering the opportunity for learning and problem solving to occur with the assistance of other members or staff.


In August 1981 Friendship House first opened in a basement on 5th Street, under The AID Center. The club moved to 508 1/2 5th Street in 1983, then to its current location at 1101 Court Street in 1995.


Friendship House has authorized membership to over 1400 people since it opened. Over 130 members visit the club each month.


  • Promote recovery and wellness in a person with a centered, strengths-based environment while offering the power of peer support. Provide non-treatment based mental health programming for people who choose not to use, or do not need more intensive traditional mental health care.

  • Provide a link between people with mental illness and the mental health system by connecting people to a variety of resources in the mental health system and community.

  • Provide advocacy for individuals and empower individuals to advocate for themselves

  • Assist people in getting involved in activities in the community, both social and encouraging volunteer opportunities.

  • Provide opportunities for people to have input into the operation of the club as a means to empower them in other areas of life management.

  • Provide opportunities for socializing for persons with severe mental illness.

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