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“Quaker” Retirement Communities

Published: March 17, 2023


As a relatively new resident of the Friends House retirement community, I am interested in how it compares with other senior communities founded by Quakers. Recently, I did some research on this question.

Coincidentally, the March/April 2023 issue of Western Friend magazine includes an article by Sue Friday on the mis-use of the Quaker name in several contexts -- from “Quaker Oats” to some more egregious examples.

Attached is my report on what I have learned about senior communities founded by Quakers, most of which not now directly managed by the original sponsoring Quaker organization.

from Eric Sabelman, Palo Alto Friends Meeting and Friends House (3/16/2023)