I owe all of Friendly Harbor a huge debt of gratitude. The staff, of course, but especially my peers. Through observation, listening, and empathizing with their symptoms, illnesses, and successes, I can now admit to myself that my illness is much more severe than I was willing to admit before. When I was in assisted living, I thought I was the highest functioning person there. Now, I realize, and I am able to take the right steps toward health and legitimate high functioning. My eternal thanks.
Friendly Harbor Member
The world can at times be a cruel and prejudiced place. But here I have found real acceptance and understanding. All my lifelong gender dysphoria I have been afraid to express what I feel is my true, real identity—and was persecuted when I did. At Friendly Harbor I have been welcomed, and this place has become a home at which I belong. I can be who I truly am. True, I am still growing into it, still overcoming a lifetime of suppression and confusion. The arms of Friendly Harbor are welcoming and comforting—-and I can be myself and love myself.
“The folks here are warm and welcoming. I feel like a human being and not defined by my mental illness. The Friendly Harbor is like my second family.“
“It’s been a real eye-opener for me…the best people…
“It’s been a real life-saver for me…
Family Support Group members
“This is a very exciting time in my life and Friendly Harbor has contributed greatly to that. I’m excited about and appreciative of these amazing opportunities. “
New member 1/25/18