Welcome to Friends of Fircrest

We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization advocating for the rights to quality living choices for all people with developmental disabilities.

Welcome to Friends of Fircrest

We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization advocating for the rights to quality living choices for all people with developmental disabilities.

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

— Mark Twain

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

— Mark Twain

 

Fircrest is one of only four Residential Habilitation Centers (RHC) in Washington, and provides residential, medical, behavioral, and recreational support to about 200 people, ages 18 to 60+.

Many Fircrest residents are medically fragile, multiply disabled, profoundly intellectually disabled, and behaviorally challenged. Fircrest provides several residential settings, from medical-style units to small group-style homes on campus. 

Established in 1959, Fircrest has evolved over the years to become a person-centered model wherein a resident is encouraged to become as independent as possible in a safe environment.

Its location also allows the individuals who reside at Fircrest the opportunity to participate in many of the sporting, cultural and outdoor events held in the Seattle area.

For those requiring more intensive daily medical care, a Nursing Facility within Fircrest provides individualized health care and activities to people with developmental disabilities. The Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/ID) provides individualized habilitative services that support and enhance individual skills and strengths.

Fircrest also provides respite care for family caregivers.

Friends of Fircrest is a nonprofit 501(c)3, made up of many family and friends, who seek to enhance the lives of residents by providing social events, music, activities, art, therapeutic gardens, holiday programs, and presents to let residents know that they are loved and valued.

We also advocate for the rights of people with developmental disablities.

 

Fircrest is one of only four Residential Habilitation Centers (RHC) in Washington, and provides residential, medical, behavioral, and recreational support to about 200 people, ages 18 to 60+.

Many Fircrest residents are medically fragile, multiply disabled, profoundly intellectually disabled, and behaviorally challenged. Fircrest provides several residential settings, from medical-style units to small group-style homes on campus. 

Established in 1959, Fircrest has evolved over the years to become a person-centered model wherein a resident is encouraged to become as independent as possible in a safe environment.

Its location also allows the individuals who reside at Fircrest the opportunity to participate in many of the sporting, cultural and outdoor events held in the Seattle area.

For those requiring more intensive daily medical care, a Nursing Facility within Fircrest provides individualized health care and activities to people with developmental disabilities. The Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/ID) provides individualized habilitative services that support and enhance individual skills and strengths.

Fircrest also provides respite care for family caregivers.

Friends of Fircrest is a nonprofit 501(c)3, made up of many family and friends, who seek to enhance the lives of residents by providing social events, music, activities, art, therapeutic gardens, holiday programs, and presents to let residents know that they are loved and valued.

We also advocate for the rights of people with developmental disabilities.

Read Our Current Newsletter

Click on the link below to read our newsletter.

Read Our Current Newsletter

Click on the link below to read our newsletter.

FOF Newsletter Winter (1st Qtr) 2024

“A Single Act Of Kindness Throws Out Roots In All Directions, And The Roots Spring Up And Make New Trees. The Greatest Work That Kindness Does To Others Is That It Makes Them Kind Themselves.”

– Amelia Earhart​

 

 

 

 

“A Single Act Of Kindness Throws Out Roots In All Directions, And The Roots Spring Up And Make New Trees. The Greatest Work That Kindness Does To Others Is That It Makes Them Kind Themselves.”

– Amelia Earhart​

 

 

 

 

An intro to Friends of Fircrest…

An intro to Friends of Fircrest…

A few of the activities we provide…

Friends of Fircrest sponsor annual programs for residents, plus special projects such as our therapy gardens, and the upcoming art project being planned for the new skilled nursing facility which is slated to open in 2025.

A few of the activities we provide…

Friends of Fircrest sponsor annual programs for residents, plus special projects such as our therapy gardens, and the upcoming art project being planned for the new skilled nursing facility which is slated to open in 2025.

Annual FunFest

Gardening

Christmas Programs

Special  Projects

Art Projects

Staff Appreciation

Annual FunFest

Gardening

Christmas Programs

Special  Projects

Art Projects

Staff Appreciation

Why Residential Habilitation Centers are Important and Needed

Comments about Friends of Fircrest…

Why Residential Habilitation Centers are Important and Needed

Comments about Friends of Fircrest…

Lloyd & Mary Ann

“The journey we’ve experienced since joining this fun and loyal group of like-minded parents, guardians and former Fircrest employees has meant so much to us. The friendships we’ve developed over nearly 10 years as members are priceless. The mission we serve to enrich the lives of the residents of Fircrest truly fills our hearts with joy.”

Gwendine

“Friends of Fircrest continues to be a source of support for us as Guardians and allows our involvement in supporting so many wonderful activities and enrichment opportunities for all of our residents. Come on and join us!”

Beth

“As an involved mother and guardian for my adult daughter with significant intellectual and physical disabilities, oftentimes it feels impossible to return to my everyday world. Friends of Fircrest has provided me with extensive supports and a common sense of community. The contact and connections with other parents and guardians has been invaluable for me.

I feel confident as I “age out” of overseeing my daughter’s care, FOF will foster that same sense of belonging/community for my other daughters as they assume their guardianship roles for their younger sister. Thank you, Friends of Fircrest!”

Liz

“I worked at Fircrest as a Speech Language Pathologist for 23 years, and my daughter lived on Aspen for 10 years. The care she received was extraordinary and provided peace of mind for me, her father, and siblings. Friends of Fircrest provides a wealth of resources and opportunities for families and guardians to connect, and to advocate for continued support and services for our loved ones.”

Adrienne

“I started following Friends of Fircrest as an employee at Fircrest in 1982. After 33 years I retired and became a member in 2015. My only child Dominick was born in 1992 and what a joy he has been to our family. He lives at home now but knowing the quality of care offered by Fircrest, should he ever need it, is comforting.

Friends of Fircrest supports activities on campus that enrich the lives of their loved ones. Individual members have been strong advocates for Fircrest by educating parents and working with those who make decisions effecting its existence. I understand and appreciate their efforts and provide support and offer advice wherever I’m needed.”

Lynnett

“Friends of Fircrest (FOF) is a wonderful source of knowledge, support, encouragement and help regarding Fircrest RHC and provides enrichment for the residents.  I am guardian of my brother who resides at Fircrest RHC Nursing Facility.  it is an ongoing honor to be part of the caring, non-profit FOF organization.  I encourage you to join!”

Lloyd & Mary Ann

“The journey we’ve experienced since joining this fun and loyal group of like-minded parents, guardians and former Fircrest employees has meant so much to us. The friendships we’ve developed over nearly 10 years as members are priceless. The mission we serve to enrich the lives of the residents of Fircrest truly fills our hearts with joy.”

Gwendine

“Friends of Fircrest continues to be a source of support for us as Guardians and allows our involvement in supporting so many wonderful activities and enrichment opportunities for all of our residents. Come on and join us!”

Beth

“As an involved mother and guardian for my adult daughter with significant intellectual and physical disabilities, oftentimes it feels impossible to return to my everyday world. Friends of Fircrest has provided me with extensive supports and a common sense of community. The contact and connections with other parents and guardians has been invaluable for me.

I feel confident as I “age out” of overseeing my daughter’s care, FOF will foster that same sense of belonging/community for my other daughters as they assume their guardianship roles for their younger sister. Thank you, Friends of Fircrest!”

Liz

“I worked at Fircrest as a Speech Language Pathologist for 23 years, and my daughter lived on Aspen for 10 years. The care she received was extraordinary and provided peace of mind for me, her father, and siblings. Friends of Fircrest provides a wealth of resources and opportunities for families and guardians to connect, and to advocate for continued support and services for our loved ones.”

Adrienne

“I started following Friends of Fircrest as an employee at Fircrest in 1982. After 33 years I retired and became a member in 2015. My only child Dominick was born in 1992 and what a joy he has been to our family. He lives at home now but knowing the quality of care offered by Fircrest, should he ever need it, is comforting.

Friends of Fircrest supports activities on campus that enrich the lives of their loved ones. Individual members have been strong advocates for Fircrest by educating parents and working with those who make decisions effecting its existence. I understand and appreciate their efforts and provide support and offer advice wherever I’m needed.”

Lynnett

“Friends of Fircrest (FOF) is a wonderful source of knowledge, support, encouragement and help regarding Fircrest RHC and provides enrichment for the residents.  I am guardian of my brother who resides at Fircrest RHC Nursing Facility.  it is an ongoing honor to be part of the caring, non-profit FOF organization.  I encourage you to join!”

Mailing Address

Friends of Fircrest
Attn: Treasurer
15230 15th Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 98155-7196

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