In-Home Supportive Services

Helping seniors remain living independently in their own homes.

Friendship Centers provides needs-based, simple assistive care to Emmet County senior citizens, aged 60 and over, for the purpose of allowing them to remain living in their home. Eligibility is determined through an initial assessment by a registered nurse and then every 6-12 months thereafter, dependent on type of service. No one is turned away for inability to contribute.

Homemaker Care

Available for 2 hours every other week for a suggested donation of $18 per hour.

  • Dusting
  • Vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping floors
  • Cleaning cupboards, dressers, closets
  • Washing dishes
  • Changing and making beds
  • Cleaning bathroom sinks, tubs, and showers
  • Changing bathroom linens

Personal Care

Available for 2 hours per week per senior for a suggested donation of $18 per hour. Additional hours are available for purchase at $18 per hour.

  • Bathing or showering
  • Hair care, nail care, oral care
  • Assistance with dressing
  • Ambulation
  • Toilet or bedpan use

Respite Care

Available for 4 hours per week per household for a suggested donation of $18 per hour. Additional hours are available for purchase at $18 per hour. Providing relief to regular caregiver. (Clients must require 24-hour supervision.)


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    Note from the Director

    Greetings Friends:

    Welcome! We are pleased to have provided services to seniors in our community for over 55 years. This year marks our 50th anniversary of Meals on Wheels service. Look around our website to learn more about our services, programs, and special events. We strive to offer something for every senior. If you have the opportunity, we would love to meet you in person. Stop in for lunch Monday-Friday at noon or for a quick visit to learn about enrichment offerings. I look forward to meeting you.

    Kind regards,

    Denneen Smith, MSHS Executive Director

    For More In Home Services Information

    Please Contact: Friendship Centers of Emmet County, (231) 347-3211
    Karolyn Peebles, In-Home Services Director,
    [email protected]

    Please Contact: Friendship Centers of Emmet County, (231) 347-3211
    Denise Bonter, In-Home Services Scheduler,
    [email protected]

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      Friendship Centers of Emmet County has two locations in Emmet County – Petoskey and Brutus – where various events are held daily.

      Friendship Centers of Emmet County-Petoskey Center

      • Hours:
      • Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
      • 1322 Anderson Road, Petoskey, MI 49770
      • (231) 347-3211
      • Fax: (231) 347-3795

      Friendship Centers of Emmet County-Huber Senior Center/Brutus

      • Hours:
      • Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
      • 6436 E. Brutus Road, Brutus, MI
      • (231) 529-8803 (Send mail to Petoskey office.)