The dream for an organization like Friends In Deed occurred in 1971 when Jackie Wight envisioned loaning durable medical equipment for short term needs to people, providing for their transportation needs when no other options were available, conducting blood pressure clinics and being a central source for information in the Green Valley area on health care, medical information, home health care and the like. She gathered together 12 friends and Friends In Deed was born in her home.
In 1971, the Lion's Club donated four pairs of crutches, a cane, two walkers and three wheelchairs to Friends in Deed which allowed the dream of loaning equipment to begin.
In 1974 the need for more room was apparent so a villa was rented. Friends in Deed began to outgrow the villa in 1978 a room was offered at East Center and, by 1982 had raised enough money to build onto the south end of the East Center. That location was used until 1991.
In 1983, then President Bettie Thayer, started the Blood Pressure Clinic. The Blood Pressure Clinic offers blood pressure checks every Tuesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The Friday Social started by the Blood Pressure Clinic is held every Friday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Friday Social offers individuals a chance to mingle and meet new friends and enjoy refreshments. They can see an exhibit, hear a special presentation or hear a musical program every friday. The last Friday is Birthday Friday, when all those with birthdays that month are celebrated and birthday cake is provided.
By 1991, Friends in Deed had received enough donations (post card campaign) to build a new facility which was located on Continental Road, just west of La Canada. The building was perfect and met all of the needs except parking. There was just never enough. The building was sold and is now occupied by Radiology LTD.
In 1997 funds were raised (Estate Donation) to design and build our current location, 301 W. Camino Casa Verde. This building has allowed for additional services to be offered, including 4 meeting rooms, which are used free of charge, by approximately 60 other non-profit groups in the area.