Honoring Spirit, Humanness, and Basic Rights

A Kendal affiliate, Barclay Friends was established in 1893 to serve the needs of older persons.  Our mission is to continuously improve care of the aging across the continuum of services we provide. We aspire to the highest professional and humanitarian standards while providing care and services in a supportive, homelike, and compassionate atmosphere.

Why do we do things the way we do?  Click on the link below to take a look at the PDF flip book of our Values and Practices below to understand how our community embodies the Quaker concern for older people:

See Our “Values and Practices” PDF Document Here

Guided by Quaker values and focused on upholding each resident’s independence and dignity, friends become family.  This is Wasco’s story:

Wasco Sankoh

In 2000, Wasco, a native of Sierra Leone, received training to be a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).  He had recently arrived in the United States, was living in West Chester, and did not have a car.  Barclay Friends’ staff helped him get back and forth so he could complete the training for his certification, and he has been grateful to Barclay Friends ever since.  For the past 17 years, Wasco has begun each day by checking on all the residents in his care, his primary concern.

A CNA provides basic care to residents and assists them in daily activities they might have trouble with on their own, such as bathing.  Wasco demonstrates a strong work ethic and devotion to residents’ well-being that has endeared him to residents, families, and his fellow staff.  “I imagine that any resident could be my mother or father,” he says. “That is why I chose this job.”

Barclay Friends provides a spirit of inclusion for residents and staff regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, or disability, thereby supporting an environment that is welcoming to all cultures, backgrounds, and differences – one that promotes respect, acceptance, and teamwork.