Welcome to Friendship Haven

Friendship Haven is a nonprofit continuing care community. Our community is a special place to participate, share, and grow. Pursue your passions, stimulate your mind, join a club, or volunteer. Be prepared to have fun with friendly neighbors.

We offer a continuum of care for Fort Dodge and surrounding communities. We provide many different living options for the senior community such as actively aging lifestyles in our independent living apartments and townhomes, assisted living with the perfect amount of support, extra support in our Simpson Health Center, and dementia and Alzheimer’s care in our Journey’s building.

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Turning the Page…

The Update – February 2024 Edition

At the January Town Hall, CEO/President/Head Coach Julie Thorson introduced the 2024 Friendship Haven Rally Cry. The idea behind the theme was inspired by a quote from Irish playwright and critic George Bernard Shaw:

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

That really resonated with us here at Friendship Haven. We take our work very seriously, but it’s important that we don’t take ourselves too seriously. So we aim to make sure that this will be a year filled with play, laughter, and smiles that make our faces hurt.

Here is to cheek-aching smiles, belly laughs, and optimism in 2024. Let’s play!

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The Update – January 2024 Edition

January is a time when we make resolutions for the upcoming year. Here at Friendship Haven, we renew our vision to help people live full lives of faith, passion, and purpose. We go into 2024 hoping to incorporate a little more PLAY as well. What are your resolutions for 2024? Let us know by emailing nconrad@friendshiphaven.org, and you may be featured in an upcoming newsletter!

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Friendship Haven Times – Winter 2023-2024

A smart move. When we tell someone they made a smart move, we are complimenting them on a good decision. It could mean something literal – a physical move from one location to the other. It could mean something metaphorical – a wise choice. This Winter, we’re looking into what smart moves were made by folks here at Friendship Haven.

In this issue, we’ll be hearing about the smart moves of residents and team members. We’ll learn about how making a decision to change careers also changed lives. We’ll hear from folks who said the words so many of our residents say: “I wish I had moved here sooner!” What constitutes a smart move can vary depending on individual circumstances and goals, but we’re here to celebrate them all – even when you’re in the thick of it.

So sit back and enjoy this season’s Friendship Haven Times as you consider what your next smart move will be.

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The Update – December Edition

In a world often filled with hustle and bustle, the spirit of giving stands as a timeless beacon of warmth and compassion. Beyond the tangible exchange of gifts, the true essence of giving lies in the act of contributing to the well-being of others. We are honored that you entrust us with that gift, and we extend season’s greetings to all of our residents, team members, families, friends, and community. Happy Holidays!

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A Journey Through Parkinson’s Disease

Join us on April 5th, 12th, and 19th at 11:00am to 12:00pm for a partner presentation with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach about Parkinson’s Disease. If you are struggling […]

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2023 Governor’s Award for Quality Care

The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) is seeking nominations for the 2023 Governor’s Award for Quality Care in Health Care Facilities. The Governor’s Award recognizes Iowa health care […]

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2023 Scholarship Applications NOW OPEN!

Are you or a family member thinking about attending college next fall? If so, the Friendship Haven Memorial Foundation offers excellent scholarship opportunities. Last year, almost $23,000 in scholarship funds […]

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Peterson Announces Retirement

After 22 years with Friendship Haven, Rollie Peterson, VP Residential Life, is retiring at the end of this year. Rollie joined the executive leadership team, bringing with him a social […]

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Friendship Haven Welcomes Sassman

Friendship Haven is pleased to announce that Elena Sassman, RN, has joined the team as Clinical Coordinator of the Stone Heights neighborhood in the Simpson Health Center. Elena is a […]

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A Reason to Celebrate

At Friendship Haven, we have decided that 2023 will be our year to celebrate. It’s not a special anniversary, or a specific reason, but it’s something we all need. Especially […]

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New COVID-19 Guidelines

The document below lists the new COVID-19 guidelines for employees and visitors. Visitors will no longer be asked to screen in or wear a mask while visiting residents. If a […]

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Schmoker Building Gets New Life

The Schmoker Building, which previously housed our Adult Day program, is getting some new life, and even a new name! The building will now be known as the Tom & […]

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COVID-19 Update

Updated October  2022 As our COVID-19 processes continue to evolve, we have relocated our daily case counts on our website. Please see our COVID-19 Page for the latest numbers. COVID-19  […]

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