“Doing good deeds to meet the elderly’s needs.” ™
The Friends Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to providing financial support to the elderly and to those in need of nursing care, whether in a nursing home, an independent living center, or at their own home in the greater Dripping Springs, Texas area. The Friends Foundation’s program, Our Daily Bread, delivers meals to elderly home bound residents in the Dripping Springs area. The organization may also support any other non-profit organization which provides care to the elderly or serves the greater Dripping Springs community.
History and Purposes
The Friends Foundation was originally incorporated as Friends of Hill Country Care in January 2003 to provide financial support to Hill Country Care Nursing Home in Dripping Springs, Texas, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-owned and managed facility. Friends of Hill Country Care raised money through an annual barbecue fund raiser and grant writing to provide monies to keep the nursing home open and to address significant repair and deferred maintenance issues.
When the nursing home became a for-profit corporation in March 2004, Friends of Hill Country Care discussed their role with the new management of the nursing home. Both parties agreed that providing support to the residents at the nursing home instead of providing funds for capital needs was an appropriate and an important role the organization still needed to fulfill. Friends of Hill Country Care changed its name and broadened the scope of its purpose while continuing to keep the needs of the residents of Hill Country Care a part of its mission.
The scope of the organization has been broadened to include the following purposes:
- Provide financial support to the qualifying elderly and those in need of nursing care, whether in a nursing home, an independent living center or other facility, or at their own home in the greater Dripping Springs, Texas area.
- Provide assistance programs to enhance the safety and quality of life for area seniors.
- Support any other non-profit organization which provides care to the elderly or serves the greater Dripping Springs community and is exempt from federal taxation under Section 501(a) of the Code as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Code.
- Underwrite the “Butterflies are Free” program, a palliative care program through Hill Country Care Nursing Home.
- Begin and underwrite the Philips Lifeline MediAlert Program, which supplies medical alert buttons to provide a method of reaching help simply by pushing a button on a device worn at all times.
The Board of Directors
The Friends Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers from the Dripping Springs community. No member of the Board of Directors receives a salary or other compensation except to reimburse the Board member for approved expenses advanced on behalf of The Friends Foundation. All proceeds from any monies raised or donated to our organization are used to benefit The Friends Foundation’s goals. The Board holds monthly meetings. We welcome any interested persons to join us and assist with our activities.
The Board of Directors of The Friends Foundation is currently composed of:
- Kathy Carriker
- Kathy and Wayland D. Clark
- Grace and Alex Dormont
- Theresa and Bobby Tod
- Terri Wood
The Friends Foundation would not be what it is today and could not provide our services without the time and effort of its many volunteers throughout the years. While all of our volunteers are too numerous to list, we would like to recognize and express our appreciation to the following former members of our Board of Directors:
- Jack and Toni Alberty
- Harley and Patti Clark
- Ann and Shawn Connolly
- Penny Dear Dellana
- Karen Glass
- Cleo Glosson
- Betty Gregoire
- Debra and Robert Harris
- Cindy Krudop
- Beverly and Jim Madding
- Judy and Melvin McNair
- Barbara Meyers
- Doris and Jaime Molina
- Ann Passino
- Barbara and Jim Polkinghorn
- Susan Purcell
- Brian and Laurie Sjolseth
- Nong Weitzel