Friedman Place Residence Don and Zenola out for a walk

About Friedman Place

Friedman Place is a supported living community for blind and visually impaired adults.

Located on the northwest side of Chicago and accessible to its many cultural, social, and educational opportunities, Friedman Place encourages residents' self-determination and independence. We are not just a residence but a vibrant community in which people with impaired vision can reach their full potential.

Residents enjoy both the privacy of their own studio or one-bedroom apartments and the richness of community. Some residents travel to work, school, or volunteer commitments before joining others in the lounges and dining room to eat, talk, and participate in many activities. Others may choose to weave a cloth of many colors and textures or to surf the Internet in our state-of-the-art technology center. Medical and social services, as well as personal assistance with activities of daily living, are provided so that residents' days will be healthy, dignified, and stimulating.

Everything at Friedman Place—from the lighting in the hallways to the exercise area for guide dogs—has been designed with the needs of the visually impaired in mind. Our staff members are caring, courteous, sensitive, and available when residents need them.

Friedman Place is open to blind and visually impaired adults, regardless of economic, race, ethnic, or religious background. We are able to offer apartments to low-income individuals

Facts and Figures

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(December 2013)

Residents

  • Friedman Place provides supportive housing to adults ranging in age from early 20’s to mid-nineties who are blind or have diminished site.
  • Over 40% of our residents experience total blindness and the remaining are legally blind.
  • 36% of Friedman’s residents are female and 64 percent male.
  • 75% of residents are above age 50, and 31% over 65.
  • 63% have another major health issue besides vision loss, such as diabetes, heart disease, or seizure disorders.
  • 86% of Friedman’s residents meet government guidelines for low-income or very low income, and 36% have incomes at or below the Federal Poverty Level.
  • Ninety-three percent of residents agree with the statement “I feel I make my own lifestyle decisions at Friedman Place”
  • Eighty-one percent of residents agree with the statement “I feel that living at Friedman Place has improved my overall quality of life”
  • Eighty-nine percent of residents would recommend Friedman Place to other adults with vision loss.
  • Eighty-three percent of residents agree with the statement “I feel a sense of trust with Friedman Place staff”
  • Seventy-two percent of residents agree that the overall quality of meals is usually good.

Services

  • Provided over 30,000 days and nights of affordable supportive housing in the last year and 24/7 assistance and services from nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, activity staff, social workers, and others.
  • Provided over 8,500 balanced, nutritious meals in the last year, prepared in our own kitchen.
  • In the last year recruited over 55 volunteers who together provided 2,400 hours of activities as diverse as meditation, writing group, bowling, tutoring, sing-a-long, exercise, crossword puzzles, and more.
  • Had an occupancy rate for 2013 was 98% (i.e., all of our apartments were occupied 98% of the time).

Employees

  • Friedman Place's employees remain with the agency, providing a skilled and stable workforce; 17% of Friedman Place employees have worked for the agency continuously for at least 10 years (and 6% at least 20 years!)
  • Friedman Place's employees remain with the agency, providing a skilled and stable workforce; 32% of Friedman Place employees have worked for the agency continuously for at least 5 years (and 6% at least 20 years!)
  • Friedman Place's employees remain with the agency, providing a skilled and stable workforce; the retention rate (percent of employees who remain working for Friedman Place) was 87% in the last fiscal year and is 96% for the current fiscal year (i.e., from July - December of 2013).
  • Friedman Place's employees are ethnically diverse, with 18% Asian, 18% Black, 11% Hispanic, and 53% White.
  • Friedman Place's employees span a wide age range, with 29% ages 55 or over, 37% ages 35 - 54, and 34% under age 35.

Finances

  • Nearly all of the agency’s expenses go directly towards programs and services. Eighty-four and one-half percent (84.6%) of expenses went directly to programs and services, which is much higher than the minimum 65% recommended by the Better Business Bureau’s Standards for Charitable Accountability and 60% by the American Institute for Philanthropy.
  • The State of Illinois pays Friedman Place 60% of what it pays to the average Nursing Home in Illinois for each resident.
  • Since without Friedman Place, most residents would end up in a nursing home, the agency saves the State of Illinois and its taxpayers $14,200 per resident per year.
  • Since without Friedman Place, most residents would end up in a nursing home, the agency saves the State of Illinois and its taxpayers over $1,000,000 per year.

5527 North Maplewood: Chicago, IL 60625 Phone: (773) 989-9800
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