Since 1961, Friendsview has brought purposeful living to over three generations of seniors. Inspired by our Friends values, all are welcome to become part of our active community. As a not-for-profit community, everything we do — and every decision we make — is guided by our values to better the lives of our residents, their families, team members and the community we serve.
For community-minded seniors and lifelong learners, we offer the freedom of active independent living just southwest of Portland, Oregon. What’s more, we’re a registered Type-A Life Plan Community (also known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community or CCRC). This means you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’ll always have access to a full continuum of high-quality senior health care services if you ever need it — right here on our beautiful campus.
Our heritage is built on an age-old undercurrent of faith, social justice, simplicity and equality among humans while following the teachings of Christ. The story of our Quaker community, also called Friends, took shape in the mid-1940s at an annual gathering of Friends. You see, Friends were some of the first in our country to start senior living communities, and there was growing concern in the Northwest to develop affordable retirement living for pastors and missionaries as well as serve the needs of seniors in the area.
By the 1950s, a board was put in place to explore options to meet these needs. Eventually, the decision was made to build a Continuing Care Retirement Community in beautiful Newberg, Oregon. While other communities in the region were being started, Friendsview specifically wanted their faith-based senior living community directly next to George Fox University. Even back in the 1950s, they recognized the wealth of opportunities that would be available by building a strong, organic relationship with such a dynamic institution of higher learning.
So our doors opened in 1961, not only drawing people who’d been part of the ministry, but also seniors from across the country. Today, we’re grateful to our visionaries for their foresight and allowing us the opportunity to deepen our mission by serving generations from across the United States and beyond, just as they had in the past.
Directly across the street from Friendsview, our organic relationship offers a vast array of lifelong learning, mentorship and volunteer opportunities; lectures; cultural and sporting events; intergenerational relationships — and the list seems to grow every day.
Chehalem Cultural Center celebrates the arts, community, education and heritage. It features a fine arts gallery and exhibition hall, multipurpose arts studio classrooms, a state-of-the-art clay studio, a recording studio with music practice studios, and an elegant grand ballroom for public and private events.
Think of the Aquatic Center as an indoor water park that offers aquatic fitness classes like Aqua Zumba and Stand-up Paddleboard Yoga. The fitness center is state of the art with classes programmed specifically for older adults, such as Bones and Balance and Strength Training. There are also fun classes like Intro to Fencing!