About

Friendly House

Our Mission

Empowering Arizona Communities through Education and Human Services.

Launching Lives Further Since 1920

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Our History and Who We Are

As one of Arizona’s pioneer social service agencies, Friendly House was first established in 1920 as part of a local initiative to assist immigrants in acquiring the citizenship, education and literacy skills necessary to acculturate into the United States. In 100+ years, Friendly House has evolved into a multi-service organization with wide-ranging programs aimed at addressing the pressing needs of our diverse community: Education, Workforce Development, Family Support, Basic Needs and Immigration.

​Friendly House builds on America's identity as a nation of opportunity by promoting and advancing multiple strategies that enable individuals and families to fully enter and participate in the American way of life. Your support and investment in the transformational work of Friendly House enables us to not only continue but also expand our impact for the next 100 years.

 

Our Vision 

AGILITY

Evoking creative and innovative solutions in response to the ever-changing demands of modern times, we maintain our flexibility.

EXCELLENCE

Focusing on valuable results that hit the mark every time, we deliver best practices.

INTEGRITY

Earning trust in all we do, regardless of who is watching, we radiate authenticity through courage, honesty, and respectfulness in every situation.

OWNERSHIP

Leading with consistent accountability, we whole-heartedly assume responsibility for the full scope of our work.

UNITY

Demonstrating compassion and understanding, we work as a cohesive team toward our purpose and the goals of the diverse people we serve.   

 

 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access  

We respect and appreciate diversity of race, ethnicity, culture, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, socioeconomic background, family composition, education, and learning styles. We commit to the practice of equity to bring about a more “level playing field” and aim to provide an inclusive environment that respects diversity, embraces differences and fosters a sense of belonging for staff, clients, volunteers and community partners. 

Our Leadership Team

Jerry Mendoza

CEO & PRESIDENT

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Jerry Mendoza has worked with a number of non-profit and community service organizations throughout Arizona to promote education, the arts, and economic self-sufficiency. He managed Arizona Public Service Company’s Limited Income Programs which included  . . . .

Jose Vaquera

VICE PRESIDENT OF
CLIENT SERVICES

Jose Vaquera, Director of Youth Services

Jose J. Vaquera, a native of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, immigrated to the United States along with his family in 1983. Upon graduating from high school in 1990, he enrolled at Arizona State University, majoring in History and graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in 1997.

Frank Lomeli

PRINCIPAL OF
ACADEMIA DEL PUEBLO

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Frank Lomeli, a native of Arizona, grew up in the small agricultural community of Tolleson. After graduating from Tolleson Union High School, he went on to play college football at Glendale Community College, then onto Southern Utah University where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

Board Of Directors 

Luis Acosta

CHAIR

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ELEMENT PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Dr. Teresa Leyba-Ruiz

VICE PRESIDENT

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GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Tony Lopez

TREASURER

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RAZA DEVELOPMENT FUND

Leslie Banks

SECRETARY

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BAAL1, LLC

David Barraza

MEMBER

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Kyle Bate

MEMBER

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GUST ROSENFELD, P.L.C.

Michael Hulse

MEMBER

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FREEPORT-MCMORAN

Linda Mascari

MEMBER

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TAYLOR MORRISON

Maureen Salloom

MEMBER

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NINA MASON PULLIAM CHARITABLE TRUST

Jose Valdes

MEMBER

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APREE HEALTH

Krizia Verplancke

MEMBER

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DAVIS MILES MCGUIRE GARDNER, PLLC

Sonia Gomez
 

ADP Representative

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CELERION