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Abbott, M., & Allen, C. (1996). The wondrous works of Claire Allen, architect. Jackson, MI: City of Jackson Historic District Commission.


HistoryClaire Allen

The Jackson Friendly Home is dedicated to providing quality healthcare to women over the age of 60, in a home-like atmosphere, which encourages independence. The Home has a rich history dating back to 1878 when the ”Home of the Friendless” first opened its doors to orphans and widows of the Civil War. Our current building was designed by Claire Allen, and was erected in 1908. On August 12th of that year the ladies moved from the original home on Oak Hill Drive to our current address at 435 W. North Street, Jackson, Michigan. Thankfully, the name of the facility was eventually changed to “The Jackson Friendly Home.

The residents come to the Friendly Home for a variety of reasons. Often placement is recommended by the primary care physician because of a decline in the abilities of the resident to do self-care. Many times placement at Jackson Friendly Home is done by a family that has taken care of their loved one for some time and then finds need of a respite from that obligation due to declining health
or stress. Because of the outstanding, quality care provided for the resident’s, most families report that they have greater peace of mind knowing their loved one is safe, happy and well cared for at the Jackson Friendly Home.

Currently the Board of Directors and Administrator of the Home are working to raise awareness of the financial need of this Jackson landmark. Donations of a monetary nature are always welcome. The Home is also in need of items such as laundry detergent, bleach, fabric softener, twin sheet sets and towels. Office supplies are always welcome…stamps, envelopes and reams of paper. Any gift will be greatly appreciated and put to good use. The Friendly Home is a 501(c)3 Charitable organization and donation receipts are available for income tax purposes. The Home is a proud partner agency of the Jackson United Way.

The Jackson Friendly Home is an semi-independent living facility. Please contact us to see if you or your loved one is eligible for admission.  To set up a tour, please contact our office staff.

Rent is based on income. The Home accepts Medicaid and will coordinate income options to assist with payment.

Pricing starts at $2,000

Television Service: $10.00

Pre-Admission Requirements:

  • Chest x-ray
  • History and physical
  • Signed physician orders if applicable
  • Payment arrangements:
    sliding fee scale based upon income
  • Safety Background check 


The Jackson Friendly Home is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

435 W. North St, Jackson Michigan 49202

517-784-1377

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