The Friends Center Committee was appointed by the Meeting to organize and direct a program of hospitality, Quaker information and outreach in the community. The committee maintains an apartment in Quaker House, a multi-purpose building just north of the Meeting House. A resident is available to provide hospitality and information for visiting Friends and a comfortable meeting space for small groups and committees of the Meeting.
Friends Center was the original Quaker outreach program to University of Washington students that led to the founding of University Friends Meeting in 1937. Its purpose is to build community, reach out to the community, and provide information and a Quaker presence. The Quaker House Committee extends this mission by offering hospitality to travelers.
Travelers are welcome to stay for visits of up to ten nights’ duration in one of our two private guest rooms on the ground floor of Quaker House–a 3-story house built in 1904, located just north of the Meeting House–which also houses our QuEST program interns in an apartment on the two upper floors and the Quaker House Resident in a separate apartment on the ground floor. The Resident is available to provide hospitality and information for visitors and a comfortable meeting space for small groups and committees of the Meeting.
The Quaker House Resident is available to schedule travelers rooms or answer any questions at 206-632-9839 or send e-mail to the Resident. We offer two simple self-service accommodation rooms, one with two twin-size beds and one with one full-size bed. Bedding, towels and toiletries, and tea are provided. The rooms share a separate private entrance to the building. A shared bathroom, phone and answering machine, small fridge, microwave, and tea kettle, and are available to Friends and friends alike by reservation. A nominal donation is requested of those who receive our hospitality to help us maintain this service. Requested donations are $40/night for one person, and $50/night for two people sharing a room.
Friends Center offers a light lunch to the community following 11 a.m. worship on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. They also host picnics, newcomers’ potlucks, Thanksgiving and other holiday dinners and a number of other activities to help people get involved in the life of the community.