Rochester’s Friendly Home, founded in 1849 and located on East Avenue in Brighton for 100 years, officially opened its new café and gift shop.
“We are so excited about these beautiful new places at the Friendly Home, which I’m sure will be happily enjoyed for years to come by our members, families, visitors and staff,” said Glen Cooper, president and CEO of Friendly Senior Living. “These destinations within our members’ home provide them with warm and welcoming places to shop, share a meal and visit with one another and their loved ones. I’m confident that our café, gift shop and lounge area will become the ‘heart of the home’ in no time.”
The project was funded in part by a $100,000 state grant sponsored by Sen. Joseph E. Robach, R-Greece.
“We are grateful to Sen. Robach for his ongoing support for the Friendly Home and the important work we do every day to care for older adults and seniors in this community,” said Cooper.
The Friendly Gift Shop is staffed by Friendly Home volunteers.
“For 169 years, the Friendly Home has provided a range of services to meet their residents’ needs,” said Robach.“I could not be more proud to provide this state grant for the Friendly Home so that they could introduce the Friendly Gift Shop and the Friendly Café. I know that these new additions will further enhance the great work the Friendly Home is doing on behalf of their residents every day.”
The Friendly Café will offer specialty coffees, teas, gourmet sandwiches and paninis. The café and gift shop are located within the Friendly Home, and members and their families and guests are encouraged to come by for shopping, coffee or lunch.
Attendees at the grand opening celebration included Friendly Home leadership and staff, Robach and his team, Friendly Home volunteers, members and their families and community members.