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.
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.
FRIEDMAN PLACE'S Update on the COVID-19 Pandemic:
As of March 4, 2021
Today is the two-week anniversary of staff and residents' second vaccination shots, so we are at the highest level of immunity and protection! Even without it, we have not had a positive case of COVID in our community since December.
We have officially moved into “Phase 3, with no Tiered Mitigation”, of the government’s COVID-related categories. This is the lowest (and best!) level of restrictions.
Here is some of what is going on:
· Dining room open for lunch and dinner, weekdays
· More in-person activities: bingo, music, social hour, movies, reading news and human interest stories, and more!
· Residents able to picking up money from the front desk (instead of it being delivered to their apartments)
· Dental care coming back to the building
· Ophthalmologic care coming back to the building
· Fifth and first floor terraces open, weather permitting
· Indoor walking group
· More staff returning to working in the building
· Staff having the option to wear surgical masks instead of KN95s, except when providing close-contact care
· Reduced frequency of COVID testing
· And more!
For more information regarding the Illinois Department of Health COVID guidelines for long-term care facilities follow the link:
More about visitor restrictions can be found under the News & Events tab or for more information please call executive director, Alexander Brown, 773-409-6115. Thank you.
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.
Friedman Place Seeks Muhsen Silver Certification
Friedman Place is proudly working towards a Silver Certification 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
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.
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
Upcoming & Recent Events
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