828.526.0890, 348 S 5th St Highlands, NC

Reaching Out to Neighbors With Compassion

Reaching Out to Neighbors With Compassion

We Facilitate Access to Human and Social Services Such as Food, Medical Care, Education and Immigration Challenges


We Facilitate Access to Human and Social Services Such as Food, Medical Care, Education and Immigration Challenges

About Us


Who We Are

 The Friendship Center is a 501c (3) organization facilitating services that bridge the gap between struggle and security for people in hardship. In partnership with our communities we help provide opportunities for adults and children to obtain basic human and social needs as well as assistance with challenges facing immigrants. We serve individuals and families who live or work in the Highlands, Franklin and Cashiers NC area.

Our mission is to assist people experiencing hardship and to address concerns and challenges facing the immigrants in our community by fostering understanding among all people, facilitating social and human services, and providing nutrition to the needy through the Highlands Food Pantry.


It is our goal to foster harmony, to facilitate access to human and social services, and to promote assimilation of the population into the main stream of Western NC and American society.

Helping hands

What We Do

The Friendship Center facilitates human and social services that bridge the gap between hardship and self-directed sufficiency. Assistance is offered according to need reported by the client. Direct services may include any or all of the following:


Food Security 

Our Food Pantry program provides food and personal hygiene products for one week, based on the number and age of individuals in the household. 

Medical and Dental

Through local partners who offer free/no cost treatments, we provide translation and interpretation services in client’s native languages for accurate information about appointments, questions and answers during appointments and follow up information after appointments. 

Housing and Utilities

Interpretation and translation services are available to help clients find housing, understand rental agreements or misunderstandings, obtain and/or shut off utilities and communicate with utility providers about billing issues.



Actively assist parents and teachers withe translation and interpretation services about their children's education needs and progress during school conferences and enrollment as well as resource information about free English as a second language classes near their home or workplace.


Provide interpretation and translation services for victims of domestic violence, spousal and/or child abuse so that our clients have access to a safe place and legal assistance.


Assisting adults and children in communicating with community services and other nonprofits to better integrate into the community.


DACA- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Access to information about applications, needed documentation and assistance in completing the application to defer deportation and provide work permits for children who were brought to the US.

Powers of Attorney

Assist with applications to provide legal authority to the client’s chosen agent/ attorney-in-fact, to act on behalf of the  client if they are deported. Provide protection for their children, finances and property.

Travel for Minors Outside the US

Interpretation, translation and assistance in writing letters and obtaining notarization on letters for minors to travel outside the US without a parent. 

US Passport

Interpretation and translation support for U.S Passport applications and renewals.


Get Involved

Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. To learn more about getting involved call (828)526-0890 or email us at centrodeamigos@nctv.com.

Donate today!

 Your gift will help us facilitate access to basic human and social services for people facing hardship in your community. 

Together, we can make a difference! 

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IFC Events

 Empty Bowls, October 6, 2019

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Highlands Presbyterian Church

Your ticket of $25 provides you with a handcrafted bowl, a simple meal, lots of fun as well as food and personal hygiene items for a neighbor in need. 

All proceeds of this event supports IFC's Highlands Food Pantry.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Contact Us

The Friendship Center

348 South 5th Street, Highlands, North Carolina 28741, United States

, centrodeamigos@nctv.com, friendhshipcenterhighlands@gmail.com, 828.526.0890,


Monday - Friday: 10 AM until 3 PM

or by appointment

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