Our staff are proud to pursue the Friendship Centers mission:

“…to ensure that all senior citizens have the opportunities, information, and services necessary to live healthy, safe and active lives in dignity.”

Day-to-day operations are overseen by the executive director including facilities, finances and personnel. Additionally the executive director is responsible for developing, implementing and assessing programs and services based on the organization’s purpose and goals.

Please contact us if we can assist you!

Name Position Phone: (231) 347-3211

Denneen Smith

Executive Director

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Todd Ortlieb

Chief Financial Officer

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Deborah Francis

Human Resource Director

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Lynn Gentner

Enrichment Director

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Cindy Helton

Food Service Director

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Chris Scott

Health Services Director

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Karolyn Peebles

In-Home Services Director

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Denise Bonter

In-Home Services Staff Administrator

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Char Delis

Marketing & Development Director

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Christy Blackall

RSVP Project Director

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Kate Smith

Social Worker

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Lisa Hoig

Transportation and Meals on Wheels Director

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Jill Cook

Jill Cook

Executive Assistant

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Merri Worthington Huber Center Coordinator (231) 529-8803

We look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions that you may have!
Looking to join the Friendship Centers as an employee? FCEC is an equal opportunity employer.

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    Note from the Director

    August 9, 2022

    Dear Friends:

    I hope this correspondence finds you healthy and happy! I just want to remind our clients that the world that we currently live in remains a bit unstable due to the effects of COVID-19 and Friendship Centers is no exception. We remain dedicated to providing the same quality of service that we always have. Please understand that there will undoubtedly continue to be times when we provide a substitute or must cancel service altogether. We are doing our best to balance it all; the best interest of seniors, supply chain issues, staffing challenges, and illness due to COVID. While COVID is surging in our area, the vaccine seems to be helping keep the severity of the illness minimized. We appreciate your understanding and expect that you will respond with the kindness and compassion that you always have shown to staff.

    Kind regards, Denneen Smith Executive Director

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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.)