The Friendship Center in Ithaca will hold a 25th Anniversary Celebration at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Center at 618 W. State St., Ithaca.
Hosted by the American Red Cross of Tompkins County and First Presbyterian Church, the event is free and open to the public as visitors are invited to celebrate the history of the Friendship Center and mingle with its founders.
Food and drinks will be available, and Aloja & Friends will provide entertainment with world music percussion. The menu includes pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, cole slaw and cake.
The Friendship Center is a drop-in assistance center founded in 1988 for the homeless and disadvantaged in the Ithaca community. First Presbyterian Church’s Congregation spearheaded the effort to create the Center, which is now under the supervision of the American Red Cross of Tompkins County.
The Friendship Center is a valuable service to the people of Ithaca, helping residents find housing, obtain social benefits and resolve landlord-tenant disputes, and offering free lunches and food giveaways.