Friendship Home recently received a $48,323 grant from the Massachusetts State Council of Knights of Columbus. With these funds, the Norwell-based nonprofit organization purchased a 10-passenger, wheelchair-accessible van to transport Friendship Home’s participants with developmental disabilities. Friendship Home serves more than 200 individuals and families throughout the South Shore and beyond with its overnight respite, social recreational and Bridges to Work employment programs.
“We are extremely grateful to the Knights for recognizing how important transportation is for the success of our programs. Norwell’s lack of proximity to public transportation can be limiting for our participants to explore the community, get to their places of employment and get back and forth from home. This van is invaluable to us,” said Andrea Pyke, Executive Director.
The Massachusetts Knights of Columbus are longtime supporters of Friendship Home, starting in the early days when Friendship Home was under construction. At that time, they donated $75K to cover the cost of Friendship Home’s training kitchen, which is used for their day and evening programs. The Catholic, family-oriented, fraternal, service organization also sponsors Friendship Home’s annual Golf Classic and Circle of Friends Gala. With 277 councils in the state and 40,000+ members and families, the Knights of Columbus programs directly benefit the Catholic Church, council, community, family and youth.
“We are proud to support the wonderful mission of Friendship Home. The Knights of Columbus are all about community service, and this is the perfect way for us to serve the community. Friendship Home’s impact goes beyond the fine work they do in their building. We hope to help other nonprofit organizations who have the same needs,” said Paul Flanagan, State Deputy.
To learn more about Friendship Home, please visit friendshiphome.net.