What We Are
Friendship House is an organization committed to helping men seeking to overcome their addictions,
mainly by providing guidance, encouragement, and a family atmosphere. We accomplish this by
staffing our house with loving, compassionate, individuals who understand addiction and live with the
guests. Herb Blake is our Executive Director. Friendship House is governed by a volunteer Board of
Directors, committed to providing the best home possible.
To express the love of God through Christ to the poor and disadvantaged, by providing a safe home
where hope and healing are extended to those who are broken spiritually, emotionally or physically.
Friendship House was founded by the late Louise and Claude Montgomery. In 1985, at age 70,
Louise and her prayer partner Alison Kelley, felt that God was directing them to open Friendship
House. Through several miracles, she and her husband purchased a home on Brackett Street in
Portland, renovated it, and opened it to the cities' homeless population. Through transition,
experience and prayer, the home eventually became a haven for men who were recovering from
addictions. In 2003, after struggling to keep up with an increase in demand, Friendship House was
blessed with the opportunity to move into a larger home located in South Portland, Maine.