FRIENDS Day Program is guided by a person-centered philosophy and is designed to promote community inclusion and independence.  We believe that when adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are given the opportunity and support to participate and contribute to the community, all of our lives are enriched.   

Since success will look different to each individual we serve, FRIENDS staff takes the time to learn about a person’s needs, interests, and goals. This approach allows our team to provide services that will align with what the person wants for their life.


​Since every person is unique, FRIENDS believes in using an individualized approach to providing services and programs that lead to success.

Our guiding principles include:​

  • All people will be treated with dignity and respect
  • The health, well being and safety of the people we serve is non-negotiable
  • We believe in the value of community presence and participation
  • We believe in every individual's desire to contribute
  • People need opportunities for self expression and to develop their unique interests and talents
  • We support an individual’s right to make choices that affect their services
  • We are committed to continuous quality improvement
  • We provide lifelong learning opportunities
  • We believe in learning and having fun!



FRIENDS Unlimited Day Program is a dynamic program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities 18 and older.

Each day at FRIENDS Day Program is different, just like everyday life. Enrolled participants arrive at the FRIENDS facility anticipating an active day consisting of scheduled recreational, educational or cultural activities; water aerobics, gymnastics, weight training, arts and dance classes and guided open space tours to name a few. Some of the activities are modified to accommodate the population’s needs and we are out in the fresh air as often as possible.

About the Program

    • Participants arrive at FRIENDS either by Access-A-Ride, private transportation or in some circumstances FRIENDS will provide the transportation to and from program on a limited basis.
    • The program ratio of support staff to participant is 1:4.
    • Program services are paid through Medicaid waivers.
    • Participation to the FRIENDS is not limited to Broomfield County
    • Day Program is conducted Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. With 3-4 classes in the morning & afternoon.

Guidelines for the FRIENDS Unlimited Day ProgramAttendance
If a participant is not able to attend the program, 24 hours advance notice is requested. In unforeseen circumstances, please call us by 8 a.m.

Any modifications to transportation (such as change of location or leaving program early) must be made by 8 a.m. to assure adjustments can be made.

If the participant will be arriving late it is necessary to call the program to determine if it is possible to join the activity and arrange to meet the group.

Lunch Time
We are on the go and will be out in the community. Please note that on many days we may not be returning to the facility for lunch. We ask that you send something that is ready-to-eat, not something that needs cooking or heating up. Participants must have this to be portable (include all necessary utensils, drinks, napkins, etc.)

We are on the go and will be out in the community. Please be sure that the participant is dressed appropriately for the weather. Coats, hats and gloves for the cold wintery days are a must! Also appropriate clothes for the day’s activity, such as swimming and gymnastics.

Snow Days/Inclement Weather
FRIENDS will close during severe inclement weather, especially when roads are dangerous. We will make every attempt to contact the participants as soon as we know the conditions. Check your local TV channels 7, 9, or 13. Notice of closure will also be posted on FRIENDS' Facebook and Instagram

In Service Day
FRIENDS will close for in service days typically on the last monday of every month. We do so to meet as an organization and to allow time for program to course plan for the coming month. View In Service Day Calendar


Day Program Director

Julie McNeil


Day Program Associate Director

Patricia Keil