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Who is eligible for assistance from The Friends Foundation?
How do I apply for assistance?
What is the maximum amount that I can receive from The Friends Foundation?
How do I make a donation to The Friends Foundation?
How does The Friends Foundation raise money?
What has The Friends Foundation done to date with its contributions?
Why should I contribute to The Friends Foundation?


Who is eligible for assistance from The Friends Foundation?
Any individual – except members of the Board of The Friends Foundation and/or their families – who is a resident of the Dripping Springs Area and who is over the age of 60; or

Any individual – except members of the Board of the Friends Foundation and/or their families – who is a resident of the Dripping Springs area and who is enrolled in an accredited program of study in the field of geriatric care – such as nursing programs or nurses assistant programs.

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How do I apply for assistance?
You can download and print a form here.

For more information please contact us by e-mail info@thefriendsfoundation.org
to receive a written application for assistance for yourself or any individual who now resides in the Dripping Springs area.

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How do I make a donation to The Friends Foundation?

Donate online now, just click on the "Donate" button.

Send your donation by U.S. Mail to:
The Friends Foundation
P.O. Box 8
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Send us an e-mail and we will make arrangements to pick up your donation.

Donate an Item for our Live and Silent Auction: Items for our annual barbecue fund-raising event can be given at any time during the year and the donor's name or company name will be placed on our list of sponsors and in all our advertising for the following year's event.

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How does The Friends Foundation raise money?
The Friends Foundation solicits grants and donations from various governmental agencies and private donors.

Each year The Friends Foundation holds an annual barbecue fund-raising event. Sponsorship donations are solicited and money is raised through the sale of barbecue tickets and the proceeds from our extensive live and silent auction items. And our "Friends of The Friends Foundation" program provides additional funds throughout the year to help us meet expenses from all the requests The Friends Foundation receives.  

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What has The Friends Foundation done to date with its contributions?
During our first year of operation – 2003 – The Friends Foundation raised over $40,000. The money was used to pay debt service on the Hill Country Care Nursing Home and for capital improvements to the home – like mattresses and chairs – until a buyer could be found for the financially strapped facility. The goal was to keep the nursing home available as an asset to the Dripping Springs community.

Due to a lot of hard work and the generous support of many people in the Dripping Springs area, the home was able to remain in operation and a buyer for the home was found in 2004. We are pleased that in 2004 the Hill Country Care Nursing Home became a for profit corporation under new and experienced ownership

Looking forward into the future, The Friends Foundation broadened the scope of its activities and will use money raised to provide for the needs of elderly residents of the Dripping Springs area based on an individual's financial need, to underwrite the costs of our specialized programs such as Our Daily Bead, Philips Lifeline Medic Alert and Butterflies are Free palliative care program.

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Why should I contribute to The Friends Foundation?
Those who have had relatives and loved ones in the Hill Country Care Nursing Home know the high quality of care given to the residents. Having a quality elder care facility in Dripping Springs is a real asset to our community and a blessing for those whose loved ones are in their care.

With the generous support of the community, The Friends Foundation will continue to assist the elderly where the need exists – from in home nursing assistance, to eye glasses and hearing aides, to loans to individuals enrolled in accredited programs for elder care. We were also recently able to underwrite and sustain the cost of Our Daily Bread, a program which provides hot meals to home bound elderly three times a week. We have also underwritten the cost of "Butterflies are Free," an end of life program through Hill Country Care Nursing Home. The Friends has also underwritten and sustained the cost of the Philips Lifeline Program which provides an elderly with the means of reaching for help by simply pressing a button on a device worn at all times.

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