Friendly House

What started in 1920 as an Americanization Agency, a local initiative providing educational resources to refugees, has evolved into a multi-service organization with wide-ranging programs aimed at addressing the pressing needs of our diverse community. Over the years our efforts have resulted in building resilient communities that are helping to spur economic development, stabilize neighborhoods and revitalize our city. 

Our programs focus on four major pillars of service- Education, Workforce Development, Family Services and Immigration- each comprising of resources to support individual and community growth.

Services They Provide:

Basic Needs Services

  • Food Resources

  • Immigration Services

Educational Resources

  • High School Diploma/GED

  • College Preparation

Employment Assistance

  • Job Training Services


Adult Education

The Adult Education program gives access to quality educational opportunities to support employment, job training and higher education aspirations. By assisting adult learners to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for effective participation in society, Friendly House creates an exceptional future for Arizona, where citizens transform their lives and realize their full potential.

  • GED Preparation Classes (English/Spanish)

  • High School Equivalency Preparation Classes (HSE)

  • Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training

  • English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA)

  • Citizenship Workshops and Classes.

College and Career Readiness Program

All services are completely free of charge. Services provided by the program may include: *Academic, financial, career, or personal counseling including advice on entry or re-entry to secondary or post-secondary programs.

Emergency Support Services

The Emergency Support Services program assists low-income families, seniors and homeless individuals to help stabilize their personal and home environments through emergency relief. The Emergency Services Coordinator meets with each individual or family to conduct an intake assessment and design a plan to address their specific needs. Together, the Coordinator and the client determine the best course of action to resolve their crisis situation. Follow-up services are provided to the fullest extent possible.

  • Food Boxes

  • Utilities/Rental Assistance

  • Hygiene Boxes

Immigration Legal Services

The Immigration and Legal Services Department assists qualified individuals and families to obtain immigration benefits in order to become integrated and successful members of our community. They provide high quality legal services to individuals with immigration needs.

  • Cancellation of Removal

  • Consular Processing

  • Naturalization/Citizenship

  • Employment Authorization

  • FOIA/FBI requests

  • Travel Documents

  • Mock Interviews

  • Waivers (I-601/I-601A)

  • DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival)

  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions/ U visas/ T visas

  • Affidavit of Support

  • DACA-Renewals

  • Green Card-Renewals

  • Family-based Petitions

  • Adjustment of Status

Parenting Assistance

Guiding Good Choices: A Parent Education and Drug Prevention Program
Conducted weekly in two-hour workshops over five weeks to complete the five-session curriculum. All participants complete a customer satisfaction survey and receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program. This program is offered free of charge to any parent or caregiver.

Employment Assistance

Pre-employment Services for Youth with Disabilities

If you are between 14 – 22 years of age with a disability and interested in learning about jobs, college, work readiness skills, or how to advocate for yourself. Contact us to set up an appointment for eligibility (Sandra Valdez,, 602-446-6410)

Workshops offered:

  • Job Exploration

  • Workplace Readiness

  • Work Based Learning Experiences

  • Counseling for Post-Secondary Education

  • Self-Advocacy

Workforce Development

Workforce Development Program empowers individuals and families in the community to become self-sufficient through education, job placement, and occupational training. The overall objectives of the Workforce Development Department include 1) to provide a seamless workforce development system that meets the individual needs of each eligible individual enrolled in the program 2) to meet the workforce needs of high demand/targeted industries in the greater Phoenix area as well as other businesses in need of qualified and skilled employees.

  • Pathways to Justice Careers

  • YouthBuild @ Friendly House