With more than 40 million Americans living with a disability, Western Theological Seminary decided to do more to prepare our students to work with these individuals and their families. In 2007 the Ralph and Cheryl Schregardus Friendship House opened, offering students a unique housing option - the opportunity to live alongside young adults with a cognitive disability. This is the first house of its kind in the country.
In its fifth year of operation, Friendship House has had more impact than we could have imagined. Read about how this idea started and came to fruition and how we hope it will be duplicated in other seminaries around the country. http://www.faithandleadership.com/content/matthew-floding-lessons-friendship-house