Banchero Friends Services Programs
Supported Living Services for adults who have developmental disabilities
Banchero Friends Services provides in-home support services to people with developmental disabilities.
- Our clients determine how they would like to live their lives, and together we map out a plan to achieve their goals. We provide education in areas such as meal planning, nutrition, shopping, budgeting, banking, exercise, social skills and using public transportation for work and social trips.
- We encourage our clients to join sports programs, attend classes and cultural events, and volunteer in the community. We provide case management to make sure our clients have desirable jobs, social security income, subsidized housing, utility assistance, medical care, and mental health services.
- We work with our clients so they may understand and be part of the political process that affects their lives, and to be full participants in their communities.
Banchero Friends Services has offered this class to our clients and other community members since 1993. The class teaches the fundamentals of building friendships and loving relationships. It covers safety awareness, sexual assault prevention, how to create and maintain friendships, and how to improve communication in all relationships. Class members learn how to ask someone on a date and the practices of safe sex. Other topics include anatomy, body language and cross cultural communication.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Recent Success - New apartment complex
Banchero Friends Services, via our wholly owned Daisy Properties LLC, purchased a 20 unit apartment complex in 2010. The complex houses low-income people who have developmental disabilities, a mental illness, and/or have experienced chronic homelessness. There are also market rate renters who provide integration and a stable cash flow to the project.
In 2009 Banchero Friends Services embarked upon a $1 million, 3 year capital campaign to finance the purchase of our apartment building. The balance of the purchase price was financed by a loan with Charter Bank. We are actively seeking donations to complete our capital campaign so that we can pay down our loan and secure this crucial housing for many years to come.