Home of Girl Scouts and Adults LeadersSep 27, 2018 11:00AM ● By Emily Miranda
Story by Emily Miranda
Photos by Monica Fatica
BUILT IN 1948 by Visalia community leaders, the Visalia Friendship House has stood the test of time. Founders wanted to provide a safe facility for the Girl Scout troops of Visalia, and the Friendship House became home of the Girl Scouts. Since its inception, the Visalia Friendship House has served girls and adults throughout Tulare County as a stable, enjoyable home for scouting. For 60 years, volunteers have worked hard to maintain the safety and functionality of the house so that it can continue to act as a sturdy facility for the girls. Today, the house continues to be the Girl Scouts’ permanent place for developing and promoting girls in leadership.
In April 2017, the Visalia Friendship House was awarded the Outstanding Service to the Community Award by the Girl Scouts of Central California South. Eight troops hold their weekly meetings at the house, and each pays a minor fee to help cover operation costs. The troops use the house for meetings and events. Many of the girls and their leaders devote time to caring for the house and its grounds through service projects and work days. Upkeep has become a major priority and investment, and to keep the Visalia Friendship House open for Girl Scouts in the future, it heavily depends on support from the community.
The house not only stands as home to the Girl Scouts, but also as a paramount piece of the community’s history. Work projects are always going on, and the organization readily welcomes volunteers and donations from those willing to help keep the Visalia Friendship House alive and running. •
Visalia Friendship House
921 W. School Ave., Visalia
(559) 732-0210 • www.visaliafriendshiphouse.org
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