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About Friendship Village

Friendship Village senior living community is nestled on a scenic, 72-acre campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan just minutes from the campus of Western Michigan University. As a non-profit LifeCare® community, Friendship Village provides priority and assured access to advanced levels of on-campus care. Independent Living residents have access to professionally staffed Assistance-in-Living and Home Health services and, as needs change, can transfer to our onsite Assisted Living or Memory Care at Woodside, as well as skilled nursing care at our Health Center. We also provide short-term senior rehab and therapy services at our state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Center. At Friendship Village, you can always move into our community at the level of care you need. We are the only retirement community in the Kalamazoo area to offer quality, onsite health care at a substantial savings for life.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire vibrant senior living in our premier LifeCare® community. We strive every day to make Friendship Village a recognized leader in senior living in Kalamazoo, Michigan and to create a community where people want to live, work and visit.

Our History

Friendship Village was founded by John and Alene Markellie. John was inspired to build a senior independent living community in Kalamazoo when his parents were considering moving to a similar type community in the Jackson, Michigan area. John approached Christian Home Services (now Life Care Services®) about the viability of the project, and Larry Laird, then Executive Vice President and COO of the company, responded positively. Initial phase construction of Friendship Village was completed and opened to its first residents in 1975.


Our Partnerships

Friendship Village is committed to establishing partnerships with professionals who can help us deliver on our mission of serving the needs of Kalamazoo area seniors and their families.

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Award-Winning Management

Friendship Village is managed by Life Care Services®, a nationwide leader in senior living with more than 50 years of proven experience. In 2022, Life Care Services earned the J.D. Power award for Customer Satisfaction in Senior Living among independent living residents for the fourth consecutive year. In resident satisfaction surveys, 95% of all residents would recommend a Life Care Services managed community to a friend.

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Residents and Their Families Love Friendship Village!

Have Questions About Friendship Village?

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