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Friedman Place is a nonprofit Supportive Living Community for adults who are blind. Most of our residents have additional health challenges that become more difficult to manage due to blindness. Blindness is what unites our residents, but each person has unique needs which are addressed by the programs and services Friedman Place provides.

About Us

Friedman Place is much more than just a home.  Our building, located on Chicago’s northwest side is designed specifically to accommodate people who are blind with special lighting, flooring changes, handrails and “talking” elevators.  The building contains more than 75 one-bedroom or studio apartments; along with a clean welcoming place to live, residents receive meals, housekeeping, maintenance assistance, and money management.

These services are provided by an eager staff that consists of nurses, social workers, certified nursing assistants, activity staff, and others, even volunteers.  All staff are specially trained to work with adults with visual impairments and respond respectfully to their needs.

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Friedman Place Earns Muhsen Silver Certification

Friedman Place has earned a Silver Certification, the highest certification possible for outside organizations, from MUHSEN for providing a friendly environment for people who are blind and their families. Muhsen (Muslims Understanding and Helping Special Education Needs) is a nonprofit umbrella organization that serves the Muslim community to establish a more inclusive “Special Needs Friendly” environment for our Brothers and Sisters living with disabilities. Muhsen will advocate, train, and implement programs and services nationwide to improve access to Masajid for individuals with special needs as well as acceptance and inclusion by the community in all aspects. Please also see their Needs Assessment

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Our Mission

The mission of Friedman Place is to provide housing and supportive services to adults who are blind. Friedman Place emphasizes resident self-determination, independence, and interaction within the community. Friedman Place strives to be a primary force among professional organizations serving adults who are blind or visually impaired.

Our Vision

At Friedman Place we value an open, vibrant, and accessible community for our residents. We also engage other stakeholders and adult non-residents who are blind, and seek to enrich our programs and services, utilizing community partners for the greatest benefit. We support a self-directed person-centric model of care that provides for choice, engagement, and possibility.

At a glance

% of Friedman Place’s residents have very low incomes

average number of chronic conditions most of our residents live with

% Legally Blind

% Over the age of 50

News & Highlights

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Meet Our Staff: Tony

Christian Zapata, most often known as Tony, a household nickname from his middle name Antonio, heads Friedman Place’s versatile social services department. His wide-ranging

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Meet our Staff – Rita

Rita Scaletta has been Friedman Place’s Director of Finance and Operations for about 14 years now. Her three main areas of responsibility include making

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Upcoming & Recent Events

Weaving Exhibition Reception

16 May, 2019

Budlong Woods Library 5630 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60659

Join us for a special reception concluding our exhibition of “My Mind’s Eyes Sees What My Regular Eye Cannot: Community Woven Tapestries” Where: Budlong Woods Library 5630

Nina Frenkel Concert Series – April

13 April, 2019

Friedman Place 5527 N Maplewood Ave. Chicago, IL 60625

Please join us for the next concert in this year-long series! Presenting: Musicians Joey Contreras and Beth Jargstorf Performing a variety of contemporary, eclectic, and opera style

We encourage prospective residents and family members and friends to visit Friedman Place.

Call to schedule a personal visit or for more information.

Call (773) 989-9800