Friendship Cafés

Join us for tasty, nutritious food and pleasant conversation with other seniors at a Friendship Café near you. Enjoy old friends and make new ones in a friendly atmosphere, often with live entertainment, games, informational programs, outings, and other social activities.

Who May Attend?

Age 60 or older.
Not home-bound.
Living in a private residence (not a current resident of an adult care residence, assisted living facility, or nursing home).
Residing in the counties of Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington, or Wythe, or the cities of Bristol, or Galax, VA.
Also eligible are the spouses and dependent adult children of members.

What Does The Friendship Café Provide?

A hot, nutritious meal providing one-third of the recommended dietary allowance.
Exercise opportunities, information on senior issues, health, and nutrition education.
Health screenings and other education, enrichment, and social activities.
Volunteer opportunities, such as calling to check on isolated seniors.
Assistance with locating additional services, if needed.

How Much Does It Cost?

There is NO CHARGE for this service. All participants are encouraged to contribute according to their ability; however, there is no obligation. Donations help us provide more meals for seniors in our community and are voluntary and confidential.

When Are Friendship Cafés Open?

Friendship Café days may vary but hours generally run from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.
Mondays: Whitetop Community Center at 16309 Highlands Parkway, Whitetop, VA
Tuesdays: Scott Senior Center at 307 S. Park St, Marion, VA; VFW Post 7726 at 115 Klondike Road, Independence, VA; Rooftop at 206 W. Main St, Galax, VA; Carroll Senior Center at 449 Training Center Rd, Hillsville, VA; Clinchburg Senior Center at 31787 Old Saltworks Rd, Meadowview, VA
Wednesdays: Chilhowie Town Hall at 325 E. Lee Hwy, Chilhowie, VA; Damascus Senior Center at 475 Brook St, Damascus, VA; West Main Baptist Church at 150 Fairground Dr, Abingdon, VA; Douglas Senior Center at 711 Oakview Ave, Bristol, VA; Carroll Senior Center at 449 Training Center Rd, Hillsville, VA; Ivanhoe Fire Department at 431 Ivanhoe Rd, Ivanhoe, VA; Fries Community Center at 316 W. Main St, Fries, VA; 1st Wed of each month only - Rural Retreat Community Center at 112 Catron St, Rural Retreat, VA
Thursdays: Saltville Senior Center at 217 Palmer Ave, Saltville, VA; Glade Area Senior Center at 110 Town Square St, Glade Spring, VA; Whitetop Community Center at 16309 Highlands Parkway, Whitetop, VA; Wytheville Presbyterian Church at 285 Church St, Wytheville, VA; Carroll Senior Center at 449 Training Center Rd, Hillsville, VA
Fridays: Benhams Fire Department at 19864 Benhams Rd, Bristol, VA; Bland County Library at 697 Main Street, Bland, VA; 1st Friday of each month only - Green Cove Community Center at 41221 Green Cove Rd, Damascus, VA

How Can I Get There?

Participants can drive themselves, get rides with friends and family, or (where available) use one of the public transit buses provided and coordinated by Mountain Lynx Transit.

Like More Information?

Please call us at 276.783.8157. You also may attend a Friendship Café in your local community.

Friendship Cafés

Abingdon Senior Center - Wednesdays
Bland Public Library - Fridays
Bristol Douglas Center - Wednesdays
Chilhowie Town Hall - Wednesdays
Damascus Senior Center - Wednesdays
Fries Recreation Center - Wednesdays
Galax Rooftop CAP - Tuesdays
Glade Spring Senior Center - Thursdays
Carroll County Senior Center - Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
Independence VFW Post 7726 - Tuesdays
Ivanhoe Fire Department - Wednesdays
Marion Scott Senior Center - Tuesdays
Saltville Senior Center - Thursdays
Whitetop Community Center - Thursdays
Wytheville Presbyterian Church - Thursdays