About the Canton Friendship Center PDF Print E-mail


Members and Clients

The Canton Friendship Center (CFC) is a community social center designed to provide a safe and friendly environment for individuals who are physically and mentally challenged and need peer support.

The Social Center is open the following days/times:

Monday: 9am - 2pm
Tuesday: 9am - 2pm
Wednesday: 9am - 2pm 
Thursday: 9am - 2pm
Friday: 9am - 2pm




In addition to providing areas to socialize, we also provide numerous activities. These activities include Ladies Tea & Quilting, Men's Club, Pool Tournaments and open table play, picnics, organized card games, karaoke, bingo and more!


Social Center Activities & Skill-Building Classes/Groups: after 2pm the Center welcomes those who are participating in the scheduled activity


The three primary areas of the Canton Friendship Center are: 1) Social Center, 2) Payee Program (money manage service) 3) Food program: pantry and meals


The concept of a "social center" grew out of a cooperative effort on the part of mental health services consumers, their families, local clergy and citizens, and city government. In the fall of 1985, the mayor and city council endorsed the concept and the city leased a building it owned to the first CFC at 9th and Walnut in downtown Canton. In 2003, the center moved to a building on the corner of 22nd and Cleveland Ave NW. In August of 2014 the Center merged with Quest Recovery & Prevention Services.


The CFC remains committed to providing services to members and clients. Those who believe the CFC can help their families and friends should drop in and find out if the CFC can enhance their life. 
Consumer-Operated Service

The Canton Friendship Center is certified as a Consumer-Operated Service through the Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services. We believe that peer support is a vital part of the recovery process; we strive to hire individuals with lived experience in addition to offering a place for individuals with disabilities to volunteer at the Center. Volunteers are an asset at the Center and work with staff to assist in many of the day-to-day task, including meal preparation and serving, organizing, facilitating activities and up-keep of the facility.

If you need staff assistance, please see one of the CFC staff members and they will be glad to help you or direct you to an individual who can assist you. 

If you feel you have not been treated properly at the Friendship Center, you can file a grievance. Forms are available at the front desk and the procedure is posted near the front entrance door. Forms may also be downloaded here.

Suggestions and Comments

We welcome your suggestions for improvements to the Friendship Center and its programming. If you write your suggestions in a readable form you may place it in our suggestion box near the front door; staff will review the suggestions and pass them on to either the Activity Committee or their supervisors.

General Behavior Guidelines

*If medical emergencies occur to members such as seizures, fainting, and heart attacks; action will be taken by staff members immediately. All members must clear the area to allow the person to receive the needed treatment from administrative staff and/or emergency trained specialist.

*To maintain a safe environmnet, no drugs or alcohol are allowed on site.

*Members and clients are expected to talk to each other with respect; no foul or abusive language.

*Concealed weapons of any type are reason for a permanent suspension.

*Sexually inappropriate conversations or actions will not be tolerated.

*In order to respect the belongings of others, begging and panhandling is prohibited at the center.