Friendly House

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Our Mission

Empowering Arizona Communities through Education and Human Services.

Launching Lives Further Since 1920

Friendly House
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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 


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


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


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


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


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


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 

Kyle Bate


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Gust Rosenfeld, P.L.C.

Dr. Teresa Leyba-Ruiz


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Glendale Community College

Tony Lopez


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Raza Development Fund

Luis Acosta



Element Public Affairs

Leslie Banks


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David Barraza


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Dr. Maria L. Hesse


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ASU, Faculty, Higher Education

Linda Mascari


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Taylor Morrison

Maureen Salloom




Sonia Gomez

AdP Representative

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 Campesina Radio/ Cesar Chavez Foundation